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WINTER 2008/2009 

Tribute to Elisabeth Showalter Muhlenfeld 


I have had the honor and privilege of 
working for Betsy throughout her 
tenure at Sweet Briar as a member of 
her senior staff. It is impossible to condense 
thirteen years into five hundred words, so 
instead, I will share a few highlights in 
hopes that it will provide you with a sense 
of what a delight it has been to be a member 
of her team. 

Betsy leads by example. Intelligent, 
passionate, professional, and tireless are 
just a few of the descriptors 1 think of 
immediately. It was clear from the start that 
she would expect no more from us than she 
was willing to give herself While Betsy set 
the bar high, we were willing to reach for 
it because she was there with us, reaching 
higher and cheering us on. 

Immediately after arriving on campus 
she was responsible for leading us through 
and completing a strategic planning process 
that resulted in The Strategic Plan for 
Sweet Briar College, Building Sweet Briar's 
Second Centuiy. Not an easy task, but she 
dove right in and took all of us with her. The 
results have been stunning. 

Betsy graciously guided Sweet Briar 
through her Centennial in style with many 
events to recognize the accomplishments of 
the past while charting a visionary course 
for the future. We will never forget the 
largest gathering ever held on campus to 

celebrate this momentous occasion. With 
over 2,400 members of the Sweet Briar 
College family in attendance, we dined and 
danced, paused to reflect and celebrate, 
and topped the evening off with fireworks 
symbolic of the pride bursting in our hearts. 

No task too large or insurmountable. 
Betsy traveled extensively to meet with 
alumnae and friends to ask for their support 
of "Our Campaign for Her World." When 
the campaign ended in 2006, it surpassed 
its original goal of $102 million, raising 
$1 10,951,200. When asked about this, 
Betsy said, "In addition to the positive 
impact of the actual dollars raised, the 
campaign is important because it is proof 
that Sweet Briar alumnae, the largest 
contributors to the campaign, are proud 
they came to Sweet Briar and are engaged 
in the life of the College as visionary 
philanthropists." Of course, this pride 
is largely a result of Betsys excellent 
stewardship. It is important to remember 
that this took place during our Shape of 
the Future planning, which reaffirmed our 
commitment to educating woman for the 
twenty-first century. 

Alumnae interaction with students 
has grown exponentially during Betsy's 
presidency. The Student Relations 
Committee of the Alumnae Board has 
played a vital role in advancing this work. 

Student attendance at alumnae club events, 
particularly Sweet Briar Day, has risen. Over 
80 percent of the student body attended 
Homecoming Weekend now in its fourth 
year. Advisory Councils were developed 
to formalize networking and mentoring 
opportunities for our students. All of 
these advances were made with Betsy s 
encouragement and support. 

In addition to all of her other attributes, 
Betsy is an accomplished scholar who 
practices her discipline. She has presented 
numerous talks on Southern literature, 
American literature, and Southern history 
for the Sweet Briar College community as 
well as local book clubs, historical societies, 
and other civic organizations. Betsy is proud 
of the fact that a distinctive feature of a 
Sweet Briar education is that our students 
not only learn about their discipline, but 
they also learn to do their discipline. 
She loves to share this when speaking to 
alumnae and prospective students. She 
expects no less from her staff and always 
encourages us to share our knowledge by 
presenting at workshops and conferences. 

While we definitely work hard, we do 
have fun. The first year students may have 
"Brownies with Betsy," but the senior staff 
has "Breakfast with Betsy." Most senior 
staff retreats are held around the dining 
room table at Sweet Briar House. The day 
begins with Betsy cooking breakfast. She is 
famous for her blueberry pancakes and we 
all look forward to them. Ken Huus, Dean 
of Admissions, summed it up for all of us 
when he said, "With all she has to do, I can't 
believe she is cooking for us, and to top it 
off, they are the best pancakes I have ever 

Betsy. Sweet Briar College has been 
fortunate to have you as her ninth President. 
We are so much stronger and more vital 
today because of your excellent leadership. 
It has been a pleasure to work for you and 
to have you as a mentor and friend. Betsy, 
you have added to the texture and color of 
the tapestry that is Sweet Briar. Our alumnae 
will be forever grateful for all that you have 
given, I know that I am. 


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present interesting, thought-provoking material. 
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endorsement of the author's viewpoint by the 
magazine, the Alumnae Association, or Sweet 
Briar College The Sweet Briar Alumnae 
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INSIDE FRONT COVER: Tribute to Elisabeth Showalter Muhlenfeld 

2 Betsy's Legacy 

3 Uphill Climbs: Keeping Sweet Briar Women in Line • 5 2008 Distinguished Alumna Award 
6 Homecoming • 10 Nona's House • 1 1 President's Portrait Unveiled • 12 Letters to Betsy 

21 Financial Update 

23 Dr. Marshaiyn Yeargin-Allsopp '68 

A Passionate Leader Advancing Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology 

24 Now, More than Ever . . . Thank You 
26 In Memoriam 

30 Transitions 

32 Mini Reunions 

33 Bulletin Board 

34 Recent Deaths 

35 Class Notes 

INSIDE BACK COVER: In the Sweet Briar Tradition: Celebrating Investments in Unrestricted Endowment 

COVER: 2008 Homecoming, President Muhlenfeld and family 
Pfioto © Aaron Mafiler 

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Uphill Climbs: Keeping; 
Sweet Briar Women in Line 


Founders' Day at Sweet Briar honors 
an astonishing gift of vision. That 
gift is captured in the will of our 
founder, Indiana Fletcher Williams, written 
in 1899 just a year before her death. 
In it, she leaves Sweet Briar plantation 
to establish and maintain "a school or 
seminary to be known as the 'Sweet Briar 
Institute.'" Its purpose: to educate young 
women "in sound learning, and such 
physical, moral, and religious training as 
shall, in the judgment of the directors, best 
fit them to be useful members of society." 
In addition to the Sweet Briar property, 
Indiana Fletcher Williams left everything 
else she owned as well, appointed trustees, 
and instructed them to use all these 
properties to create a college. In her will, 
she noted that she hoped there would 
be fiinds left over from the building of 
the college to establish an endowment 
to support it, and that income from 
the endowment would make possible 
"scholarships affording tuition and 
maintenance for . . . deserving students." 

What an incredible vision: not only 
to establish a college, but also to foresee 
the need for endowment to sustain it, and 
financial aid to make it accessible. Note 
that Indiana did not say what should be 
taught, but instead simply instructed that 
the College prepare its students to be useful 
members of society — of value to the world. 

in other words, regardless of the year they 
might graduate — or the century, for that 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this 
Convocation in observance of Founders' 
Day — and to Homecoming. Back on campus 
are members of the Alumnae Board and the 
Board of Directors, volunteers working on 
reunions. Advisory Council members for 
several academic majors, and for Riding, 
and innumerable alumnae, students, faculty 
and friends. Welcome to all. 

Some of the alumnae returning home this 
weekend graduated just four months ago. 
For some, it's been four years or forty years. 
We have with us one alumna who graduated 
in 1935! Since half of you students will not 
graduate until 201 1 and 2012, students and 
alumnae here today collectively represent 
classes from nine decades. 

Those of you who are students today 
know one Sweet Briar, with one set of 
traditions, and one way of doing things. You 
alumnae remember the experience of being 
Sweet Briar students slightly differently. 
Our alumnae from the '30s may recall that 
when they were students, strict chaperonage 
was still required for weekend absences. 
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors had only 
recently won the right to ride with men in 
automobiles, unchaperoned — only before 
dark and only within a ten-mile radius. 
Freshmen were out of luck. 

President Muhlenfeld gives her final 
Founders' Day remarks. 

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In the mid-30s, Meta Glass was 
president, and students had to secure from 
their parents written permission in order "to 
be allowed to motor with men off campus." 
The number of times during the week one 
could go on a date or even see men on 
campus was strictly regulated until the end 
of the decade. 

As World War 11 broke out, the College 
was still attempting to regulate behavior, 
even at great distances from the campus, 
insisting, for example, that while in 
Charlottesville or Lexington, students could 
"drive with men only within a radius of five 

Those of you who were here during 
the early "40s. the war years, were asked 
to bring your ration books to college, and 
students joined a War Service Committee 
to knit and roll bandages. Rules remained 
fairly stable because there weren't many 
young men around to tempt you. As the 
post-war years arrived a jubilant climate 
gave rise to much greater freedoms. Martha 
Lucas assumed the presidency, and the 
Studeni Hcwdbixik for 1947-48 prefaced 
all of its social regulations with the famous 
alumnae from the ■40s through the '60s 
remember that admonition as a mantra that 
still echoes in your conscience. It remains a 
pretty good rule of thumb today. 

Beginning about 1950, the 
permissiveness of the World War II 
years had clearly gotten out of hand. The 

administration was especially irritated 
about student attire, and tried hard to insure 
that Sweet Briar women always appeared 
ladylike. If you came to Sweet Briar during 
the '50s, you probably remember the dress 
code: "At meals — no coats, blue jeans, 
or pajamas at any time. . . loafers, saddle 
shoes, or socks are never worn except for 
Sunday supper. Friday night and Sunday 
noon meals are dressier. (Stockings and 
heels are worn). Around campus — blue 
jeans, shorts, slacks, gym suits, and pedal 
pushers must be covered by a full-length 
raincoat. (Transparent raincoats should not 
be used for this purpose.) In Lynchburg — 
heels and stockings are worn, never saddle 
shoes, loafers, or socks." 

One can get a sense of how hard students 
were pushing against the dress code from 
this 1951 rule: "Pajamas may be worn to 
the 9:00-10:00 a.m. breakfast on Sunday 
morning only. When crossing campus 
for this late breakfast, pajamas must be 
complciely covered by a full-length coat and 
regular shoes must be worn." By the late 
'50s, there were three solid pages of dress 
regulations in the Siiuleiit Handbook. (The 
sticking points seem to be shorts, blue jeans, 
loafers, and saddle shoes.) The battle over 
Bermuda shorts would rage for well over 
a decade before the administration caved 

The handbooks of the turbulent '60s 
reveal a titanic battle between the changing 
mores outside the campus gates and College 
authorities. If you were here in 1960, you 
may recall that your student handbook had 
four and a half pages of "sign ouf and 

"sign in" procedures for leaving campus, 
but by 1962, seniors could have cars all 
year: by 1967, so could juniors, and by 
1972. everyone had wheels. Remember that 
five-mile radius of the '30s? In the '60s, the 
tether was extended to a 100-mile radius of 
the campus. 

A striking measure of the frustration 
felt by the administration during this 
period of the '60s — Anne Gary Pannell 
was president — is the following statement 
that suddenly appeared in the handbook for 
1966. The word "sexual" had never appeared 

Statement of Policy of 
Sweet Briar College 

Any student accepting a place at 
Sweet Briar College should know that 
the College will not tolerate extremes 
of social behavior which are injurious 
to the individual, the community, or the 
College. The misuse of alcohol or drugs 
and sexual behavior which affronts 
contemporary moral standards will not 
be condoned. 

The President's judgment suffices in 
dealing with incidents in these areas, and the 
penalty of suspension or expulsion may be 
used at her discretion. (Presidents were pretty 
autocratic in those days!) 

If you came to Sweet Briar in 1970, you 
knew nothing of all this. Overnight, parietal 
rules had virtually disappeared. At your 
Sweet Briar, male visitors could visit in 
dorm rooms on Friday and Saturday from 
noon to 3 a.m. And as for the dress code. 

Flowers were laid on the altar in Memorial 
Chapel to honor th^College's Founders. The 
placing of memoriaBlowers is a long-stand- 

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four pages had been reduced to one puny 
sentence: "Students are reminded that they 
are to dress for all classes and academic 
appointments in accordance with the wishes 
of the professor." 

Those of you who were at Sweet Briar 
during the "SOs and "QOs remember a 
college that no longer tried to act //; loco 
parentis — in the place of the parent — but 
rather had decided that its best course of 
action was to acknowledge that it is students 
themselves who must assume responsibility 
for their lives, and to help every student 
learn to live in a world so full of dangerous 

The rules may have changed over time, 
but for all of you Sweet Briar women, across 
nearly nine decades, your alma mater has 
always been for you a place of learning, 
where you could explore subjects and ways 
of thinking foreign to you, where you honed 
your ability to write and to reason, where 
you could make mistakes in safety and learn 
from your failures, where you gained skill 
and confidence in governing yourselves, 
and whence you can always return to renew 
those aspects of your heart and mind that 
speak most truly about you. 

This weekend we look forward to a 
cornucopia of activities and events that 
reflect both the intellectual heart of this 
college, and its wonderful spirit of fun. 
The range of things to do is wide, from 
tonight's concert and tomorrow's Advisory 
Councils and alumnae colleges to athletic 
games tomorrow and Sunday, the Cardboard 
Boat Regatta tomorrow just after lunch at 
the Boathouse, and Cocktails and dancing 
tomorrow evening. These activities speak to 
the vitality of the College Indiana Fletcher 
Williams dreamed of, and whether you are 
the newest student or the most distinguished 
alumna, I hope you will take the time this 
weekend to enjoy the myriad ways that 
Sweet Briar is today fulfilling the founder's 
call to educate young women in a holistic 
way, with due attention not only to their 
intellects, but also to their physical, moral, 
and spiritual selves. 

We do still have a statement on "Attire," 
by the way, but these days it applies not 
just to students but to everyone: "Students, 
along with faculty, staff and guests are 
expected to dress appropriately for meals, 
in consideration of other students and 
guests. Sleepwear and bathing attire are not 
acceptable. Shoes must be worn." Faculty 
and alumnae, please take note. 

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he Honorable Patricia "Patsy" Smith Tieer '55 
receives the 2008 Distinguished Alumna Aivard 

The Honorable Patricia "Patsy" 
Smith Ticer "55 received the 2008 
Distinguished Alumna Award 
on Friday, September 26, 2008 at the 
Founders' Day Convocation Ceremony. 
On this special day that the College has 
celebrated for many years. Patsy stepped 
to the podium, facing an audience full of 
students, faculty and staff, alumnae, and 
friends of the College to accept her award 
and share with us a bit about her own life. 

"I am humbled to accept this honor 
from the College I have held so dear for 
lo these many years. Sweet Briar gave me 
the foundation to self confidence in my 
capacity to succeed. I think it does that 
for all its graduates, but success means 
different things to different people. For 
me, it means being comfortable in my 
own skin — grateful for what I can do and 
realistic about what I can't do. It took 
separation from the cocoon of family 
and interaction with other students to 
understand that there is an almost infinite 
diversity of gifts with which we are 
imbued . . . 

"I am in awe of the accomplishments 
of so many to move Sweet Briar ahead of 
the future in its planning for innovation 
and new academic and social programs. 
Elisabeth Muhlenfeld will be sorely missed 
in this successful community. She and her 
colleagues and professors have done a 
miraculous job of moving this college into 
the community yet maintaining the mandate 
to keep Sweet Briar a place 'where values 
of integrity, academic excellence, respect 
for one another, and commitment to 
the wider community' are always in the 

"If there is a religious underpinning 
(and there is) to my public service for 
the past twenty-six years, it would be 
the responsibility God places on all of 
us to be good stewards of what we have 

been given — the earth, the air, our natural 
resources, and our children. We must 
protect them and make sure that our 
children and grandchildren have resources 
(renewable) for happy, productive lives. I 
am grateful for this honor. Thank you." 

Patsy serves as Virginia State Senator 
for the 30th District. During her tenure 
in the senate and as a member of the 
City Council of Alexandria, Patsy has 
supported agriculture, conservation and 
natural resources, and children's health and 

Before her term in the senate began. 
Patsy served two consecutive terms as 
Councilwoman of Alexandria to Vice 
Mayor and was elected in 1991 to Mayor 
of the City. She was the fust woman to be 
elected to this position. Patsy's most noted 
accomplishments include: introduction and 
sponsorship of the first extensive revision 
of the City's Master Plan; involvement 
in the City's opposition of a proposal by 
the Washington Redskins to build a new 
stadium at Potomac Yard, an area zoned 
for mixed commercial and residential use; 
and work in the establishment of the Office 
of Early Childhood Programs catering to 
at-risk children. 

Patsy has been a resident of Alexandria 
for over fifty-five years. She has four adult 
children and seven grandchildren. She is 
a member of Sweet Briar's Silver Rose 
Society, having been a consistent donor to 
the College for twenty-five years or more. 

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L-R: Daughter Margaret Ticer Janowsky, Patsy 
Smith Ticer '55, and friend Lauren Smith just 
before the Homecoming 2008 Founders' Day 
Convocation Ceremony. 

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Muhlenfeld Feted 

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Community at 
Homecoming 2008 


Mo' Sol and its energetic 
lead singer cranked up the 
intensity early in Sweet Briar "s 
Homecoming 2008 night of dinner and 
dancing on the evening of Saturday, 
September 27. 

Rhythm and blues gave way to pounding 
dance beats as a fair-sized crowd of roast 
beef-, pasta- and shrimp-stuffed revelers 
ditched lines at the buffet stations and 
hit the floor in time for the Electric 
Slide. Onlookers snapped pictures of the 
synchronized line dancers sliding left and 
right, to and fro. Ms. Monique, the Atlanta- 
based bands singer, brought her hands 
together over her head, belting, "Say yeah! 
Say oh, yeah!" 

This Homecoming — the fourth since 
the College expanded its annual Founders' 
Day and Alumnae Council meetings to a 
community-wide weekend event — carried 
more meaning than usual. It was the last 
one as president for Elisabeth Showcdtev 
Muhlenfeld. known to us all as Betsy, who 
will retire in June after thirteen years of 
service. The College is celebrating 2008-09 
as her legacy year. 

After a day of sports contests, lectures 
and ceremonies, students, alumnae, staff 
and faculty gathered in Prothro Commons 
and under tents in the courtyard to mark the 

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Over 80 percent of the student body attended Homecoming 
Weekend events. The Saturday dance is by for, the favorite. 

The Josey Dining Room in the Prothro Student Commons 
was transformed into an enchanting dining hall and recep- 
tion area on Saturday night of Homecoming. 

occasion. Although persistent rains cancelled 
plans for a surprise fireworks display, spirits 
were high and the mood lively when SBC 
board member Dick Leslie went to the 

The crowd cheered loudly when he 
began talking about our "beloved president 
since 1996." then quieted as he spoke of 
Betsy "s numerous accomplishments as the 
College s leader. He cited the engineering 
program, new construction on the Fitness 
and Athletics Center, and the acquisition 
of Tusculum among other initiatives as 
hallmarks of her presidency. 

Student Government Association 
president Sarah Hall "09 spoke on behalf 
of the student body. She thanked Betsy for 
being a model to them, always displaying 
qualities such as tact, courage, and a sense 
of welcome. Where else but Sweet Briar 
would a college president "ride down 
Boathouse Road in a large papier-mache 
shoe?" Hall asked before concluding with 
a heartfelt message: "We will never forget 

Jennifer Crossland '86, president of the 
Alumnae Association, also had words of 
thanks for Betsy, who she said has traveled 
widely and worked hard for the association. 
Crossland noted that Homecoming came 
into being at Sweet Briar during Betsy's 

tenure, and she, too, remarked on the 
president's lighter side. 

"The vision that you've given us is going 
to be your legacy," she said. "You work hard, 
but we know that you have fun with what 
you do." 

President Muhlenfeld stood quietly while 
the others spoke, flanked by her husband, 
Laurin A. WoUan Jr., and three of her four 
children — daughters Allison and Ann and 
her son David and his wife, Leah — who had 
come to share the occasion. They and her 
grandchildren Alec, Lukas, Lola, and Oliver 
had spent much of the event-filled day with 

Showing no wear from her rainy ride in 
a giant pink shoe, cheering on cardboard 
boat racers, or chasing down her towheaded 
grandson at a hockey game, Betsy stepped 
to the microphone and deflected credit to 
where she said it belongs. 

"Everything that Dick and Sarah and 
Jennifer said is my legacy, that is actually 
not true," she said. "It's faculty and staff and 
students, who every year get more creative 
than the preceding year." 

Moments later, Ms. Monique. resplendent 
in a sleek red dress she'd changed into for 
the band's second set, was back on stage and 
the dance floor was packed again. 

The dance floor was 

crowded and alive for 

the Homecoming dance! 

The cro'wd cheered 
loudly "when he began 
talking about our 
"beloved president 
since 1996," then 
quieted as he spoke 
of Betsy's numerous 
accomplishments as the 
College's leader. 

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1999 classmates Sarah Kingsley Foley, 
Kathryn Taylor Paine, Tina Hansel Snover, 
Meredith Tillery, and Brandi Whitley Hilder had 
a wonderful time at the dance. 

The band Mo' Soul rocked to a packed donee 
floor of students, alumnae, and friends. 

President Muhlenfeld and board 
of directors member, Dick Leslie. 

An Evening; to Remember 



Ihe highlight of Homecoming 
Weekend 2008 was "An Evening 
of Dinner and Dancing" on 
Saturday, given in honor of President 
Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld. The event was 
held in Prothro, and it overflowed into 
the lower quad, which was tented and 
illuminated by white paper globe lanterns 
hung from the tent ceiling. Tables were 
dressed with white linens and floral 
centerpieces and candle arrangements, 
while guests were dressed in pearls, heels, and cocktail attire. 
Decked in their finest, all of Sweet Briar came out to eat, drink, 
dance, and enjoy one another's company. 

Students, alumnae, and faculty alike enjoyed wonderful, catered 
cuisine, and a delectable array of desserts prepared by Sweet Briar 
catering. The main dining hall in Prothro housed tables and a 
sizeable dance floor. The band "Mo' Sol" was a smashing hit with 
students and other attendees. Mo' Sol played a variety of songs 

ranging from classic favorites to popular, new hits. They have a fun 
and invigorating sound that combines threads of Motown, Soul, and 
R&B that gets everyone dancing and singing along. 

The event offered a chance for students to reconnect with old 
friends who were back on campus and to meet new alumnae. It 
was also an opportunity for students and alumnae who luet at the 
FaceTime networking event the night before to get to know one 

This event was especially meaningful to the community, as 
the festivities paid tribute to Betsy's thirteen years of leadership 
at Sweet Briar. As Sweet Briar's ninth president, Betsy has led us 
through a plethora of changes and improvements for which we are 
truly grateful. Sarah Hall, SGA President, gave a brief speech on 
behalf of the student body to express our gratitude to President 
Muhlenfeld for all that she has done and our best wishes for her 
future endeavors. She will surely continue to bring great things to 
the world outside of our campus just as she has done in her thirteen 
years here. Betsy and this celebration in her honor will remain 
glowing memories in hearts and minds of all who attended. 

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Sarah Hall '09, Student Government Association Presidetlt 

Sarah Hall speaks during Saturday night's 
program to honor President Muhlenfeld and 
the powerful legacy she leaves \«ith the 

When I take a moment to reflect 
on my four years at Sweet Briar, 
many thoughts come to mind, 
but few are as prominent as the presence 
of President Muhlenfeld. From day one, 
President Muhlenfeld has been an active 
part of my life at Sweet Briar — it was her 
smile and genuine character that welcomed 
me on move-in day, and I know it will be 
the same fine woman that sends me out 
into the world at Commencement, I like 
to believe that President Muhlenfeld is a 
true "Sweet Briar girl" at heart. She has 
a sense of fun that many students have 
had the privilege to witness. If you are at 
a loss for an example, you don't have to 
look back very far. Just this fall. President 
Muhlenfeld could be seen riding around 
campus in a pink stiletto soapbox derby car, 
one of the crowning spectacles of this year's 
homecoming festivities. 

President Muhlenfeld has always sought 
to bring about positive change to Sweet 
Briar — she is constantly pursuing the goal 
of making this College the very best that it 
can be. Working with her during the past 
year as Student Government Association 
President has given me insight into the 

remarkable nature of this woman. She is 
truly concerned about every aspect of the 
school, from student clubs to prospective 
students to solidifying the endowment. Her 
commitment to this College, in aspects both 
great and small, is something to be admired. 
Perhaps the most special thing about 
President Muhlenfeld is her commitment 
to the students. Since being invited to join 
her for "Brownies with Betsy" at her home 
during my freshman year, I have always felt 
that the line of communication has been 
open between the students and herself. At 
countless points during the year, she has 
asked and even encouraged me to contact 
her in any situation that may require her 
own personal attention. In addition, many 
students have had the good fortune of having 
President Muhlenfeld as a professor, a role 
that shows her willingness to put students 
first. And, I firmly believe that she will 
always continue to do this, even after her 
tenure at Sweet Briar is long past. President 
Muhlenfeld is truly a gem of our College. 
Through her work, she has created a legacy 
that will be treasured forever in the hearts of 
Sweet Briar women. 

Friday Night, Homecoming 2008 


After the celebrations of Friday afternoon, alumnae and students met at the 
Conference Center to get to know one another. The lower level was full with Sweet 
Briar women, young and old, eager to share their experiences. Alumnae from all 
around the country sat at tables designated for their home area. Students from the same areas 
sat with these alumnae and connected on levels of interest and location. 

After trading personal stories and ambitions, students then migrated to a second table 
to speak with a new set of faces. After the networking session, alumnae and students were 
treated to clips from the 2007 Faculty Show. To complete the evening, the Sweet Tones, the 
a cappella tap club on campus, performed and were closely followed by their rival tap club, 
the Ear Phones, who sang karaoke. 

On a more serious note, the first debate for the 2008 presidential election took place that 
evening. A viewing party was held upstairs in the Conference Center, allowing students and 
alumnae to mingle while they watched candidates square off Both events were well attended 
by Sweet Briar women from all decades 
filling the respective rooms. Not only did 
students enjoy the opportunity to network 
with alumnae from their region, but they also 
had a delightful time singing and sharing 
political knowledge. It was definitely a night 
to remember! 

Alumnae and students registered for FaceTime 
were given a set of printed "business cards" to 
exchange with one another in an effort to help 
them stay in contact after the night ended. 

The Sweet Tones performed for a large crov/d 
during the Friday night FaceTime Homecoming 

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. . . Photos of all six of Betsy's grandchildren 
1 1 b inside Sweet Briar House. ^t\ 

^y mother had been 
president of Sweet Briar 
College for less than 
a year when I became engaged. Eric and I 
announced our intention to be married in 
Williamsburg, but Mom immediately began 
campaigning for the wedding to be held 
at Sweet Briar. I'd only been to campus a 
couple of times since her inauguration, and 
at that point it was still just the place where 
my mother worked. Sweet Briar House was 
certainly a lovely historic building, but I 
didn't yet consider it "home." 

By the time the big day rolled around 
five months later, however, I was grateful 
that my mother had brought her considerable 
administrative skills to bear and convinced 
me to rethink our wedding location. Even 
though Mom was new to the Sweet Briar 
community (and I a virtual stranger), 
everyone was so gracious and welcoming 
that I soon felt like we'd lived there forever. 
I did, in fact, live at Sweet Briar House for a 
few weeks that summer; I remember waking 
up each morning in "Daisy's Room" with 
the sun pouring through those beautiful 
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dreams in that room as I secretly slipped on 
my shiny new wedding band over and over 
again the week before the wedding. 

The entire campus, it seemed, took 
part in our nuptials. We used the campus 
minister, caterers, and photographer. We 
barbecued at the Boat House and held our 
rehearsal dinner in the Student Center. 
Groundskeepers worked diligently to keep 
the Sweet Briar House lawn green in the 
middle of a drought, and outdoor woodwork 
was repainted and refreshed. The gardeners 
outdid themselves. The morning of the 
wedding my walk up to Monument Hill 
ensured that the smell of hay and manure 
would be indelibly linked to my memory of 
that important day. 

Of course, it's been over eleven years 
since that day, and Sweet Briar has been our 
family home for longer than we lived in my 
childhood home in Tallahassee, PL. Now 
referred to as "Nana's House," Sweet Briar 
House has been transformed in our family's 
collective opinion from an inconceivably 
large mansion to a home that is "just the 
right size" for our much-expanded kin. My 
sister Ann held her own wedding at Sweet 

Betsy's grandchildren show off t-shirts 
from Ukraine while enjoying popsicles on 
the back porch of Sweet Briar House. L-R: 
Lukas Westberg, Alec Finch, Will Finch, 
Liam Westberg, Lola Muhlenfeld, and Oliver 

Briar in 2001, and in 2002 the grandchildren 
started arriving: first Lukas, then Alec and 
Lola in 2004, Liam in 2005, and William 
and Oliver in 2006. Whereas our first 
several years at Sweet Briar House were 
marked by weddings, the infamous "Gatsby" 
and "Millennium" parties, and breezy wine- 
and-cheese chats on the second story porch, 
the second half of our family's tenure has 
taken on a decidedly less sophisticated 
tone. These days we attempt to catch up 
in between snacks and sippie cups, and 
over the sound of our children racing up 
and down the hardwood floors. On family 
weekends we regularly cram fourteen or 
fifteen people around the kitchen table: over 
Thanksgiving there might be as many as 
thirty-five family members playing Bridge, 
taking walks, and generally soaking up the 
beauty and hospitality that characterizes 
both the College and its president. We will 
all miss this place. 

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Larry Wollan III with his nephew, Lukas. 

On more than one occasion I've heard 
the students speak fondly of "Brownies with 
Betsy." What tickles me is that Mom has 
been baking brownies, cookies, and cakes 
for our family for as long as 1 can remember. 
She truly loves doing it, and it brings all of 
us together just as it brings the students of 
Sweet Briar together. We often joke about 
forsaking Sweet Briar House "s expansive 
formal dining room to spend all of our time 
in the smaller, somewhat outdated kitchen. 
"But that's where the brownies are!" 

It is difficult to sum up what our family 
cherishes about Sweet Briar, and what 
we will miss the most. I know I speak for 
my brothers and sister and for our entire 
extended family when I say that we will be 
forever grateful for the honest friendship and 
generosity of spirit you have extended to each 
of us. We will always consider Sweet Briar 
our home, and believe me, more than one 
of us has asked my mom if she's really sure 
she's ready to retire! But what we will lose 
in square footage we will gain in precious 
time with our beloved Nana. As wonderfiil a 
president as she has been, 1 am quite certain 
that her finest moments lie ahead. 

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President's Portrait Unveiled 


A portrait of Sweet Briar's ninth president. Elisabeth Shmvalter IVIuhlenfeld, was 
unveiled Friday, November 7 at Mary Helen Cochran Library, continuing a 
tradition that has been in place since the College's founding in 1901. 

Although President Muhlenfeld will not retire until July 2009, her portrait — painted 
by New York artist Ying-he Liu — already hangs in the library's main hall alongside 
renderings of the College's previous eight presidents. 

Liu grew up in China amid that country's tumultuous Cultural Revolution and 
immigrated to the United States in 1981. In her remarks, Liu said she was grateful for 
the opportunity to paint Muhlenfeld's portrait — not only because it was a "rare and huge 
honor" and a "big break" in her career, but also because of what it meant to her as a 

"A woman artist painting a woman president of a women's college — such an 
affirmation of what women can achieve in this country and in today's world," she said. 
"As a mother of a teenage daughter, this commission has special significance to me on a 
personal level. It sets a great example to my daughter. 

"She knows my story ... For her to see one accomplished woman creating the 
likeness of another even more accomplished woman couldn't be more affirming — that in 
this country, one can go as far as one's God-given talent and hard work takes, regardless 
of age, gender, race, or background." 

Liu has a fine arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and 
also studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her portraits can be found 
in the collections of many universities, colleges, corporations, hospitals, and private 

Muhlenfeld's portrait was underwritten by generous donations from the following 
people: Catherine Burnett Brown '49 and her husband, Walter, who is an honorary 
member of the Class of 1949; Sara Finnegan Lycett '61; Margaret Sheffield Martin '48; 
Norma Patteson Mills '60 and her husband, Olan; and Allison Stemmons Simon '63. 


I don't remember when I first met Betsy, 
but it probably was at a iioctcey game in 
her first semester at Sweet Briar. Someone, 
possibly a faculty member, introduced us 
and I met the captivating Betsy smile. She 
subsequently welcomed Judy as well and 
whenever we receive a Sweet Briar letter 
signed by her, there is a warm note to both 
of us. Over the years she has continued to 
be friendly, outgoing, and cordial especially 
as the hostess at Sweet Briar House. 

I applaud and support her enthusiastic 
advocacy for women's education, especially 
at single-sex colleges. Sweet Briar has 
benefitted from her tenure and I wish her 
the best. 

Warm regards to all, 
Forrest L. Gager, Jr., benefactor of the 
Helen Gager Fund and the Janet Loweiy 
Gager Concert Series 

To my colleague, boss, traveling 
companion, and friend: 

You introduced me to Mary Boykiii 
Chestnut, spent many years supporting and 

12 •Winter 2008/2009 

challenging me in college matters, shared 
good times in Egypt, Jordan, and Ukraine, 
and over that time became my friend. 

1 love being a retiree and I know that 
you will also. There are so many books 
to read, places to see, and (in your case) 
grandchildren to play with and watch grow 
into interesting young people like the ones 
you have spent your life shepherding, 
challenging, and opening the minds of 

Sweet Briar is a better place because of 
the years you have tended and nurtured it. 
Thank you, Betsy, and bon voyage on your 
new adventure. 


Ninie Laing '57, professor of art 

history emerita 

Dear Betsy, 

Congratulations on your well-deserved 
retirement from Sweet Briar. I hope this 
means that Rob and 1 will see more of you 
and Larry. 

I hope that you feel a real sense of 
accomplishment about your time at Sweet 
Briar. You have had a huge positive impact 

on our beloved College, leaving it in a 
much stronger position than you found it. i 
know that you have become an "honorary 
alumna" in the process, and I sense that 
you have come to share our love of the 
College as well. 

It was a privilege and a great pleasure 
for me to serve on the search committee 
that selected you and to work so closely 
with you as board chair. I have enormous 
respect for you as a college president and 
great affection for you as a friend. 

Warm regards, 
Michela English '71 
former board chair 

trustee emerita. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Dr. Muhlenfeld 

H have .always appreciated your warm and 
inviting smile. You have truly been an asset to 
this campus and to women in general. Thank 
you for being the person that you are and 
for supporting me during my time at Sweet 
Briar House. Good luck to you in the future 
and May God Bless you and your family. 


Carolyn Davis, former housekeeper for 

Sweet Briar House 

Dear Elisabeth, 

I have always considered my four years at 
Sweet Briar as among the happiest times of 
my life. I was daily enchanted by the dells, 
the snow-covered campus, the family style 
meals including the great food, my marvelous 
history teachers, especially Lysbeth Muncy, 
the Chapel services and choir. 

I went from Sweet Briar to seminary 
and eventually became an Episcopal priest 
and only the second woman to be named 
a Dean of a Cathedral in North America 
(1995). After the first woman dean was 
elected Bishop of Rhode Island, I was the 
only female dean for a couple of years — 
after ten years at the Cathedral Church of 
St. John in Wilmington, DE. I retired to 
Santa Fe, New Mexico, where 1 now live, 
enjoying the mountains, fresh air, art and 
music, and new friends. I also serve as 
assisting priest at St. Bede's Church and 
fiill time as a hospice chaplain. 

Thank you for guiding Sweet Briar 
through these last years, keeping her 
strong, forward-looking, and in keeping 
with contemporary women's goals. I am 
so excited about the new fitness center — I 
enjoyed modern dance, tennis, and field 
hockey — and the advances in career 
opportunities, internships, etc. My nephew 
Ben Pittmanjust spent his Junior Year 
(2006-07) on the SBC in France program! 

I am proud to say I graduated Phi Beta 
Kappa, which has been a great asset on my 
resume, and received what was in 1967 the 
Pannell History Prize. 

Thanks for keeping SBC a place where 
women can find their voice. 

Best Wishes, 

Peggy Pittman Patterson '67 

Dear Betsy, 

How can it possibly be that it is time for 
you to leave Sweet Briar. It seems to me 
only yesterday that you were just a gleam 
in our eye for the presidency of the College 
in spring 1996. 

Happily for us that gleam became 
reality and developed through you into a 
beacon for this institution and its future. 

You have enabled us as a community 
to come together to realize long standing 
dreams for students, curriculum, academic 
achievement and expansion, and financial 

The physical plant reflects your 
successful work on our campus restoration 
and renaissance. 

We are in your debt for so much, and 
we see you off with some sadness, but with 
warm wishes for your future and great 
affection from us all. 

Thank you, thank you, my dear. 


Sara P. Lycett '61, trustee emerita, 
former board chair, recipient of the 2000 
Outstanding Alumna Award. 

After serving as a senior administrator 
for thirty-two years, I retired fi"om Sweet 
Briar in 1 986. During that time I worked 
with three presidents (Anne Pannell, Harold 
Whiteman, and Nenah Fry) in successfully 
advancing the growth of the College in its 
educational pursuits, financial needs, and 
physical plant operations. Now, in recent 
years, women's colleges have faced the 
difficult problem of attracting qualified 
students. In fact, it has been cited that only 
three out of 100 girls in high school would 
consider a women's college, resulting in a 
drastically limited market pool. 

Betsy Muhlenfeld and the College, 
in this period, undertook an in-depth 
planning study looking into all facets of 
its operation and rejected any thoughts of 
going co-educational, but recognized that 
enrollment demanded a new approach. 
Rethinking and innovation resulted in 
revisions of the curriculum offering a 
Master of Fine Arts in Teaching and a 
Master of Education degree, a program in 
engineering, an extensive effort to improve 

the all-important marketing of tlie College, 
the Tusculum historic preservation project, 
and many improvements in the physical 
plant. As a result. Sweet Briar has seen an 
increase in its enrollment. We are indebted 
to the leadership of Betsy Muhlenfeld 
for bringing about these vital changes to 
insure the importance of having continued 
diversity in higher education by keeping 
the College's undergraduate program for 
women only. 

Thank you, Betsy, for your wonderfial 
stewardship during your twelve years 
of unforgettable, successful service and 
devotion to Sweet Briar. 

Peter V. Daniel, vice president and 
treasurer emeritus 

Dear Betsy, 

You have been, for thirteen years, the 
best thing that ever happened to Sweet 
Briar! Several alumnae have called me 
after reading your letter, all distressed that 
you will be leaving. There is not enough 
"Thank you" to go around for all you have 
brought to the College. We wish we could 
keep you forever! 

Thank you for your retirement letter. 
It is a masterpiece. I have read it through 
several times and will certainly keep it. 
You are modest in its detail — you have 
accomplished so much for us. Even though 
you have given the board a year, it will 
be an almost impossible task to find your 
equal. I hope they can do it! 

I wish you and Larry the very best of all 
good things in the post-Sweet Briar years. 

See you at Reunion, 

Peggy Sheffield Martin '48, trustee emerita, 

recipient of the 1990 Outstanding Alumna 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2008/2009 • 1 3 

hayer '61, Bonnie Loyd 
rane 'JO^^nd Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 

Dear Betsy, 

By now you will have been flooded with 
letters acknowledging yours, along with 
your caring phone calls infomiing the 
off-campus Sweet Briar family of your 
decision to retire. 1 have to hope that you at 
least received my phoned response message 
to your office, since 1 have deferred writing 
until now. 

First, 1 would want you to know that 1 
approve of your decision. As an elder (than 
you) 1 have tried to practice what one of 
my mentors, Marlene Wilson, urged us to 
do: move out while you are still in motion, 
when you recognize that it is time to give 
a place to the next generation (of stage, 
if not age). She warned us not to become 
"abdicrats," which she defined as those 
who say they are finished but never really 
go — therefore making it impossible for 
new ideas and new generations to move 
in and move out on new paths. Leaving 
while still productive makes for a healthier 
environment and keeps your stature intact 
when you are no longer on scene. 

No one who has known Sweet Briar in 
the Muhlenfeld Era will have any doubts 
as to your stature. You quite rightly get 
credit for leading us through one of the 
toughest periods of Sweet Briars life with 
such grace and intelligence that we never 
had reason to doubt that we were headed 
in the right direction. No two leaders or 
leadership styles are identical, but you and 
your way of leading were just right for this 
institution when we needed you. Go!! sei 

For me, as the old alumna that 1 am, 
there have been multiple joys in being 
around you and the College at this time. 
Watching the success beat out the negatives 
has been worthy of cheers many times over. 
Watching Betsy operate has been both a 
pleasure and a learning experience, and 1 
have not been too old to take notes! There 

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is no question that your natural skills have 
been key assets. 1 must emphasize that 
more than "skills," you have brought what 1 
call an "integrity of heart" — because 1 have 
never doubted that your honest belief in the 
mission and your care for the lives it would 
impact were coming from the true spirit of 
Betsy. You are the real thing. 

As grateful as I am for your influence 
on Sweet Briar College, 1 am equally 
grateful to have had the privilege of your 
company and, I feel sure, your friendship, 
over our years of association. 1 am counting 
on those to continue in the future and 
look forward to whatever occasions and 
circumstances will link our lives. 1 must 
trust that you and Larry will always feel 
that Green Meadows Farm and Joanne 
Patton will welcome your return visits in 
the years to come — and I truly count on 

Now, on to the next year! 1 know you 
will make it a winner — again — and 1 look 
forward to at least one more trip to campus 
while you are still there. I am certain you 
will make every day count! 

With love and gratitude, 
Joanne Holbrook Patton "52, trustee 
emerita, recipient of the 2001 
Distinguished Alumna Award 

Dear President Muhlenfeld, 

Today, 1 opened your bittersweet letter 
announcing your retirement as President 
of Sweet Briar College. 1 was a student 
at Sweet Briar from 1999-2003. 1 have 
especially fond memories of my first and 
last years at Sweet Briar, when 1 first met 
you at "Brownies with Betsy" and then 
again when my class had our champagne 
toast at your home. 

1 want to express my thankfulness for 
everything that you have done over the 
years as president. 1 have always been 
amazed at your poise and commitment to 
the College. You have brought so much 
elegance and accomplishment to the 
campus to make it even more beautifijl than 
I would ever have thought imaginable. 

When 1 first came to Sweet Briar 
College, 1 was a shy and naive young 
woman. By the end of my first year 1 
was more outgoing and had built up the 

self confidence that is instilled within me 
today. 1 credit the hardworking professors 
and advisors that I had over the four years 
that I attended Sweet Briar. You were 
always someone who I admired and looked 
up to over those four years. 1 am now a 
successful business woman working and 
living in the wonderful city of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, for an independent insurance 
brokerage firm. The skills that were taught 
to me in and out of the classroom at Sweet 
Briar have made me into the young woman 
that 1 am today. 

1 wish you every bit of happiness in 
your retirement. 1 wish you success and 
fulfillment in being able to spend time with 
your family and friends. Again, thank you 
for being the wonderftil woman that you 
are and for allowing Sweet Briar to have 
the privilege of your term as president. 

Warm Regards, 
Amanda F. Crighton "03 

Betsy Pearson Griffin '62 

Dear Betsy, 

You have been 

the "turn around" 

leader for our 

college, and the 

thanks expressed 

in this letter are 

echoed by many, 

many graduates. 

The teams of 

leaders you have 

assembled on 

the board, staff 

and faculty are inspiring. What a privilege 

it is to have been a peripheral witness to 

the strength and spirit you have brought to 

Sweet Briar in a time of great need. The 

confidence you have built is palpable on 

campus and in your visits to the alumnae 

clubs. We thank you! 

Also, it has been a privilege to know 
you and watch your enthusiasm and grace 
inspire students and alumnae to reach for 
greater excellence in their studies and 
support than they might have under a lesser 

With great admiration, 

Betsy Pearson Griffin "62, Houston 

Alumnae Club officer 

Sweef Brior College Alumnae Magazine • 

Dear Betsy, 

It is a bittersweet moment to hear of your 
impending retirement. Bitter in the sense 
that Sweet Briar will lose your most 
excellent leadership, sweet because you 
will be able to get back to all those special 
projects of yours that have been put on hold 
during the years, and most importantly to 
have more time with your family. 

It has been a real joy working under 
your tenure for the past twelve years. 
During those years I have watched the 
chaplain's office grow into a vital, helping 
part of our campus community involving 
many students. This is due in large part to 
your ever vigilant and entailing support. 

May your retirement be filled with 
many special blessings. 

All the Best, 

Pat Richeson, former assistant to the 


Dear Dr. Muhlenfeld, 

I received your letter of resignation just 
a few minutes ago and I was very sad. I 
have been very proud of all the changes at 
Sweet Briar under your "reign," and each 
time I have met you or heard you speak 1 
have been so impressed. Once I turned to 
a friend and said, "Long may she (meaning 
you) wave!" And now you will be leaving! 

I have always tried to keep up with 
what the College does, its various changes, 
etc. I would not exchange anything for 
the education I received there, and when I 
think of all the changes and improvements 
since I graduated, they take my breath 
away. Long may the College wave also! 


Alma Rountrey '35 

p.s. I will be ninety-four in September. 
I matriculated at Sweet Briar the day I 
was seventeen. I hope I'll be around long 
enough to see Tusculum on its foundation 
once again. 

Dear Betsy, 

I have been thinking about writing this 
letter for much too long because there 
are so many things 1 want to say to you. 
When I took the job at Sweet Briar in 
1967, I wasn't sure where it was going. I 
did know I needed to find some dedicated 
faculty with new ideas. 1 found several 
with a common interest in developing a 
curriculum in environmental studies across 
the disciplines and taking advantage of 
the campus and broader community. Jane 
Belcher was the leader of the pack and 
sewed the seeds with a grant from the 
National Science Foundation. Many faculty 
signed on; others did not want or see a need 
to do anything different. I became very 
committed to the concept of environmental 
studies involving the whole College. 

You have taken this concept and brought 
it to fruition with the support of the entire 
Sweet Briar community. You have opened 
the door to so many exciting ideas and led 
Sweet Briar into the new century with your 
strength and conviction. 


Julia Mills Jacobsen '45, recipient of the 
1 997 Outstanding Alumna Award, former 
director of government relations and 
sponsored programs 

Dear President Muhlenfeld, 

Well done, O best one, for all you've done 
for Sweet Briar during your tenure — so 
many improvements of breadth and depth! 
We rejoice in all your accomplishments, 
and while we will miss you so much, we 
are glad that you can retire to enjoy your 
family and pursue your creative interests. 

With affectionate good wishes for a 

happy future, 

Patty Lynas Ford '51, class secretary 

Dear Betsy, 

I am overwhelmed by your recent mailing's 
account of happenings at SBC. It is hard to 
comprehend how much growth and change 
has taken place since I graduated in 1936. 

I remember our wild excitement when 
the endowment reached one million dollars, 
and our affection for the Barkers, who I 
think were the first to go with the junior 
year in France. 

It has been interesting to follow the 
changes from a quiet liberal arts program 
to all the professional and graduate work, 
and to see my College grow in strength and 
usefulness . . . 

It is clear that we have had remarkable 
leadership, and I thank you for it. You've 
surely earned a rest in retirement, but they 
will all really miss you. Thank you so much 
for all you have done. 

My very best to you, 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott '36, former 

board of directors member 

In my opinion, Betsy Muhlenfeld is 
responsible for making Sweet Briar again 
the friendly community I knew when I 
came here in 1965. Even though my only 
contact has been at social occasions, she 
has always made me feel at home. She 
has been cheerful, with a positive attitude. 
Had I had a crystal ball, knowing she was 
coming to Sweet Briar I don't think I would 
have retired, but then again, I'm enjoying 
retirement. Best of luck and enjoy your 
next adventure. 

Harold Swisher, former director of grounds 
and purchasing 

George Lenz, Whitney Guion Professor of 
Physics Emeritus; Reuben Miller, Charles A. 
Dana Professor of Economics Emeritus; and 
Harold Swisher. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2008/2009 • 15 

Before 1 met the new President of Sweet 
Briar College, I was shopping at the Food 
Lion in Amherst town when a very nice 
lady in blue jeans spoke to me. 1 thought 
she had a wonderful smile and beautiful 
blue eyes and was very friendly. Later, 
1 met her at Sweet Briar as Elisabeth S. 
Muhlenfeld, Sweet Briar's new president. 

During the fifty-four years 1 have 
worked at Sweet Briar College, 1 have felt 
more comfortable with Betsy than any 
other president 1 have known. Regardless 
of what level you are, she can approach 
you and make you feel equal. She asked 
me to speak at her inauguration, and I was 
honored! We have had many conversations 
about everything including cute shoes, my 
favorite subject! She has really been an 
inspiration to me. Whatever she decides 
to do in the future, I know she will be 

Humbly submitted, 

Shirley Reid, Honorary Class Member '91 

President Muhlenfeld was a delight to work 
for at Sweet Briar House. Aside from her 
roll as president, Betsy was very supportive 
of me and my family during my time of 
need, whether it be advising my daughter 
on courses to take or just offering kind 
words that were truly heartfelt. I have 
always trusted and admired her decision- 
making in the past and recommended that 
my granddaughter attend Sweet Briar as 
well. She has spent the last three years 
enjoying everything that the College has 
to offer, thanks to the hard work that Betsy 
does for the well being of the students. 
President Muhlenfeld has been a great 
contribution to Sweet Briar; she will be 

Christine Pendleton (left) and Carolyn Davis 
(right) were both housekeepers (or Sweet 
Briar House during Betsy's tenure. 

16 • Winlei ?008/2009 

greatly missed, and I believe her shoes will 
be hard to fill. 

Christine Pendleton, former housekeeper 
for Sweet Briar House 

Niece Sophie Crysler Hart '81, Nancy 
Godv^in Baldwin '57, and niece Connie 
Crysler Shafer '78. 

Elisabeth Muhlenfeld became Sweet Briar's 
ninth president in 1996. Soon it was clear 
that the College had gained a strong, gifted 

Many challenges were faced early in 
her tenure, including a thorough study of 
whether Sweet Briar could/should remain a 
women's college or go coed. This involved 
all members of the greater community: the 
Board of Directors, faculty, staff, students, 
and alumnae. Outcome: a regenerated 
belief in Founder Indiana Fletcher 
Williams' intent to educate "giris and 
young women" to become "useful members 
of society." 

During President Muhlenfeld's 
thirteen-year leadership, the College has 
become stronger in every way. It is again 
viable — financially sustainable. Enrollment 
is up. New departments (Engineering 
and Business for example) thrive. The 
Sweet Briar Promise is in place for all 
students. Domiitories have been renovated; 
plans for new Green Village student 
housing are in place. The much-needed 
Fitness and Athletics Center is underway. 
The Campaign For Her World was 
overwhelmingly successful. 

She will leave us with a "legacy": 
Continue to work diligently for the College 
as it is today while planning for the years 
ahead. Thank you, Betsy. 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin "57, recipient of 
the 2007 Outstanding Alumna Award 

Dear Betsy, 

1 can hardly believe you are retiring — it 
seems like only yesterday when you were 
unpacking your bags and looking around 
for a new vice president for finance and 
administration to assist you. I am sure glad 
you chose me! 

Arriving at Sweet Briar a few months 
after you, 1 remember the culture shock 
of leaving a public, coeducational school 
of 9,000 students for a private school 
for women enrolling 650. I'm not sure I 
would have made it those first few months 
without your ready smile, encouragement, 
and sense of humor. 

We faced many challenges, 
opportunities, ordeals, and circumstances. 
Remember when the mouse got into your 
dryer at Sweet Briar House? The flood that 
happened inside the Chapel the day of your 
daughter's wedding? The chef from Boca 
Raton? And last, but not least, I know you 
will always remember Bill's 50th birthday 

One period 1 will never forget is my 
pregnancy. Other presidents may have 
cringed at the thought of one of their VPs 
giving birth at age forty, but there you 
were, cheering me on. You were one of the 
first to visit Christian and me. I will never 
forget your kindness. 

I'm not sure anyone else would have 
given me a chance to move from an 
assistant vice president into the lead role in 
finance and administration at Sweet Briar. I 
am very grateful to you for the opportunity 
and for all I learned from you. I hope I 
am as compassionate with my staff as you 
always were with me; that 1 can make being 
at work fun for them, as you did for me; 
and that they will understand that I value 
them most as people, not employees, as I 
always felt you did me. 

As you move into retirement, I know 
you will reflect on your time at Sweet 
Briar knowing that it is a much better 
and stronger place because you invested 
so much of yourself in it. Bill, Christian, 
and 1 wish you and Larry the happiest of 
retirements and hope that we will see you 


Mary Lou Merkt, former vice president for 

finance and administration 

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to Betsy Muhlenfeld 



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^ ^ ^r ^ou're the professor who was 
at the Supreme Court!" Betsy 
Muhlenfeld's first words to me 
signaled that Sweet Briar's new president 
had done her homework on the facuhy and 
was going to be very supportive of my work. 
Although initial impressions can sometimes 
be inaccurate, mine of President Muhlenfeld 
was "spot on," as the British say. Throughout 
her dozen-year tenure at the College, she 
enthusiastically bolstered my teaching, 
research, and service. 

Not long after her arrival on campus, 
Betsy phoned to ask if I would chair an 
ad hoc committee to produce an updated 
nondiscrimination policy for Sweet Briar. 
Stepping gingerly into the potentially 
controversial debate, 1 discovered that she 
had convened a perfect combination of SBC 
Board members, faculty, and staff. In short 
order, the committee presented an expanded 
nondiscriminatory statement for the College. 

As chair of the Personnel Committee, I 
appreciated working closely with President 
Muhlenfeld and Dean George Lenz. Though 
several of the tenure cases we faced that 
year were complex and difficult, Betsy 
and George impressed me with their 
professionalism and respect for Personnel's 

When President Muhlenfeld called for 
"big ideas" in her first round of strategic 
planning, 1 was delighted when she selected 
my proposal for a campus center on civic 
engagement. I discovered that Betsy has 
a genuine interest in public affairs and 
wanted Sweet Briar to be a part of the 
national movement to engage students in 
civic life. Soon after, she embarked on a 
capital campaign, and I relished appearing 
at donor events with her from Charlotte to 

During Betsy's presidency, I was 
astounded at how rapidly she responded 

Throughout her dozen-year tenure at the 
College, she enthusiastically bolstered my 
teaching, research, and service. 


Legacy of 

We are proud to announce that 
on March 9, 2009, the Sweet Briar 
College Alumnae Association will be 
partnering with the Mount Vernon Ladies' 
Association to offer a unique one-day 
lecture series to Sweet Briar alumnae and 
friends at the Mount Vernon Estate and 
Gardens. "George Washington's Legacy 
of Leadership" will include lectures 
by Barbara Perry, Sweet Briar College 
Carter Glass Professor of Government; 
James C. Rees, Executive Director of 
Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; and 
General William K. Suter, Clerk of the 
U.S. Supreme Court. For more information 
please visit the alumnae Web site at: 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.olumnae. 

James C. Rees, Executive Director of Mount 
Vernon Ladies' Association 

Winter 2008/2009 • 1 7 

to e-mail, no matter where she was in the 
country. We periodically shared ideas on 
politics, books, programming, and speakers 
for Center for Civic Renewal events. 
She cared, too, about our lives beyond 
Sweet Briar. While caring for my mother 
in Louisville after her stunning cancer 
diagnosis, I received a compassionate e-mail 
from Betsy, inquiring how Mother was 
faring after surgery. When she passed away, 
I flew from her funeral back to Sweet Briar 
to run a long-planned program, and there 
was Betsy with a warm embrace. 

My favorite memory of President 
Muhlenfeld will always be when she, Louise 
Swiecki Zingaro '80, Steve Bragaw, and I 
spent an extraordinary day in November 
2007 at Mount Vernon with Gay Hurt 
Gaines '59. Our speciaL behind-the-scenes 
tour of George Washington's historic home 
included an opportunity to peer out of the 
cupola, situated at the very pinnacle of 
the mansion, and observe a spectacular 
panoramic view of the Potomac River and 
the Mt. Vernon estate. Each of us took a turn 
scampering up the narrow ladder to reach 
the unique vantage point. The president of 
Sweet Briar followed in the footsteps of the 
nation's first president! 

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor modestly 
declared that the "measure of how much 
you'll be missed" is equal to the hole that 
is left in water when you remove your hand 
from the bucket containing it! "There is 
no indispensable woman," she concluded. 
That may be, but. like Justice O'Connor. 
President Muhlenfeld will be missed when 
she retires. 

Government Department's Hall of 
Fame Dedicated at Homecoming; 


During a 2008 Homecoming 
Weekend ceremony on September 
27, Sweet Briar's government 
and international affairs department 
dedicated a "Hall of Fame" to honor 
longtime former faculty members who 
helped shape the program over a combined 
108 years of service. 

Faculty, alumnae, and family members 
packed into the second-floor corridor in 
Gray Hall, where department chair and 
master of ceremonies Steve Bragaw led 
the unveiling of photos of Kenneth D. 
Grimm and the late Thomas Gilpatrick and 
Milan E. Hapala. 

Grimm, professor emeritus of 
government and a specialist in 
international relations from 1968 to 2003, 
was there with his wife, Anne. Hapala's 
wife, Adelaide, who remains active in 
the Sweet Briar community through a 
scholarship established in her husband's 
name, also was there. 

Hapala, an expert in comparative 
politics, was the Carter Glass Professor 
of Government, teaching from 1 947 to 
1990. His family created and supports the 
Hapala scholarship, which funds a student 
studying in his native Czech Republic. 
Victoria Placona '10 is this year's scholar. 

Professor Gilpatrick's area of specialty 
was American politics. He taught at Sweet 
Briar from 1958 to 1988. 

In an interview before the dedication, 
Bragaw said he conceived the Hall of 
Fame while traveling across the country 
speaking to alumnae groups. "I was always 
struck by the depth of fervor, the way in 

The Grimm family gathered to celebrate 
professor emeritus Kenneth D. Grimm. L-R: 
Anne Grimm, Kenneth Grimm, son Douglas 
and his virife Katie Lee. 

Adelaide Hapala, wife of honored professor 
of government Milan E. Hapala, at the dedi- 
cation during Homecoming. 

which alumnae would talk about these 
three men and the effect that they had on 

As he called the gathering's attention, 
there were indeed alumnae representing 
a span of five decades swapping stories 
about their professors. Bragaw told them 
the Hall of Fame is meant to preserve and 
honor those memories. 

Grimm acknowledged the recognition 
on behalf of his colleagues. "It's nice, as 
you will soon see. to know that I am going 
to continue my association with the two 
great men that I worked so many years 
with, if only in graphical form." he said. 
"But we're still together." 

They worked so well together, he joked, 
because they conducted departmental 
meetings in the hallway as they were 
arriving or leaving for the day, and they 
lasted no more than three minutes. 

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for Her World 


It has been 
such a 
joy and 
a privilege to 
work with Betsy 
during her 
thirteen years 
as Sweet Briar s 
president. Betsy 
will surely be 
remembered as 
one of Sweet 
Briar s most 

successful presidents. Her 
strong vision for the College 
has transformed the curriculum 
and the campus, has increased 
interest in the College as well as 
overall enrollment, and has put 
Sweet Briar in a sound financial 

Betsy arrived at Sweet Briar 
at a time when women's college 
enrollments were shrinking, 
costs of private education were 
soaring and driving many 
potential applicants to public 
institutions, and Sweet Briar s 
financial situation was not 
strong enough to compete for 
the top students. The College 
desperately needed a leader who 
could see beyond the current 
crisis to envision what Sweet 
Briar could become, and who 
could then sell that vision to 
the entire Sweet Briar family. 
Betsy was that leader, and she 
has succeeded brilliantly. She 
brought a sense of optimism for 
the future of the College. Her 
vision for Sweet Briar touched 
every aspect of college life from 
the curriculum and academic 
programs to the riding program 
and student life. As a product 
of a women's college, Betsy 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine * 

Nancy Green '64, Betsy, and Ivana Pelnar-Zaiko, 
former vice president for development. 

had an innate sense of what 
was needed at Sweet Briar. 
She struck a perfect balance 
between academics and student 
life. She demanded rigorous 
academic standards, and at the 
same time provided a supportive 
environment in which learning 
could take place inside and 
outside the classroom. The 
soundness of Betsy's vision was 
born out during Our Campaign 
For Her World when alumnae 
across the country endorsed it by 
giving unprecedented donations. 
Betsy's sense of humor, her 
infectious smile, and warm, 
engaging manner, coupled with 
her strong academic background 
and a total commitment to 
Sweet Briar made her a natural 
fundraiser. During the campaign, 
Betsy was indefatigable and 
unflappable. She also became 
the most well-traveled president 
in Sweet Briar's history! 

Betsy made many friends 
on the campaign trail, and I for 
one hope that our friendship 
continues into the retirement 
years. We will miss her and will 
be eternally grateful for what 
she has done for our College. 

A Message from Ginger 
Upchurch Collier '72, 

Board of Directors Chair 

It has been an honor and a treat to work side by side with 
Betsy for the past four years. As board chair, I've had the 
opportunity to see her in action in many different ways. Prior 
to my first year, we spent a wonderful weekend in Charleston 
for board chairs and presidents, sponsored by the Association 
of Governing Boards. There, I realized that because of Betsy's 
insights, knowledge, and experience, she was going to make my 
job look easy. 

Betsy has a love of history: she has recognized and 
memorialized important aspects of Sweet Briar's past, including 
the slave cemetery and Tusculum. She has a respect for tradition: 
she reinstituted opening convocation, which is now filled with 
appropriate "pomp and circumstance" and which inspires 
young and old to begin the academic year with enthusiasm and 
optimism. She is a respected academician who freely gives 
of her knowledge and efforts to others. For example, she has 
worked tirelessly for the American Civil War Center at Historic 
Tredegar in Richmond and now serves on its board. And she is a 
nationally recognized spokesperson and role model for the power 
of women's education. I've had the good fortune of hearing many 
of Betsy's speeches at opening convocation and graduation. 
They are so inspiring that I've suggested that she compile them 
for future reference. They encompass the values that all good 
parents want to instill in their daughters. In spite of these serious 
pursuits, she still finds the time to use Sweet Briar House to the 
fullest: to serve "Brownies with Betsy" for the students, make 
omelettes for the faculty and senior staff, and host thirty-five 
children and grandchildren for the holidays! 

But what impresses me most about Betsy is how much she 
loves to have fun, to make others laugh, and to laugh with them. 
Her husband Larry is famous for his martinis, but they never 
tasted better than when Betsy dropped in a bit of ice from a 
glacier in Torres del Paine National Park during a Sweet Briar 
trip to Chile! 

Classmates oi i v.' i, ['.-H] Marion Walker, Kathy Upchurch Takvorian, 
Susan Snodgrass Wynne, and Ginger Upchurch Collier, enjoy the 
Cardboard Boat Regatta and picnic during Homecoming 2006. 

Winter 2008/2009 • 1 9 

With Gratitude, from Karen 


Ihave had the privilege 
of working for Betsy 
Muhlenfeid since she 
arrived at Sweet Briar in 1996. 
During her transition here, 1 
began communicating with 
her on the telephone from 
Florida State University. One 
day, I remember her asking 
me to "please just e-mail it." 
1 froze and simply responded 
"I can't." Sweet Briar had not 
yet implemented e-mail, and I 
remember thinking to myself 
that this new president must 
think she is coming to yahoo 
land! We have certainly come 
a long way, and much as a 
result of Betsy's leadership and 
strategic vision. It was also at 
that time that I had the pleasure 
to work with her then-assistant. 
Vera. I remember Vera telling 
me what a wonderful person 
we were getting at SBC. She 
was right. 

When you spend an entire 
working day with someone, 
you become a part of his or her 
world, and likewise, he or she 
becomes a part of yours. You 
learn a lot about an individual's 
personality, habits, family and 
friends, and so on. I can tell 
you that Betsy's favorite office- 
time snack is pretzels, that 
she likes to clean out drawers 
and rearrange furniture when 
contemplating a big writing 

and that 
she likes 
to take her 

shoes off '^'"■^" Summers '07 

after 5:00 p.m. (just to name a 
few). Despite the unbelievably 
demanding schedule our 
president has had over the 
years, not to mention the major 
decisions she has been faced 
with, Betsy has always been 
the same person — respectful of 
her staff patient, thoughtful, 
and understanding. She is a 
very "normal" person, and 
this has been an asset to the 
College. She has lived the 
life of a daughter, a sister, 
an aunt, a wife, a mother, an 
author, an educator, a leader, a 
volunteer, and more recently, a 
grandma — I think her favorite 
role yet. 

I am personally grateful for 
Betsy's trust and confidence in 
me. She has not only been my 
"Boss Lady" these past thirteen 
years, but also my mentor — the 
only really persuasive and 
reliable mentor I have had in 
my life. Thank you, Betsy, 
for everything you have done 
for me and for Sweet Briar 
College. I will miss you. 
Enjoy this time with your 
parents, children, and beautiful 
grandbabies, and please don't 
forget my e-mail address. 

Pat Trout, 
Housekeeper for 
Sweet Briar House. 

Pat Trout reflects on 
keeping Sweet Briar 
House for President Muhlenfeid 


Pat Trout has been the housekeeper for 
Sweet Briar House and the Garden 
Cottage for the past three years. She is 
the woman who does it all — from dishes and 
walking the dog to helping with special events 
at Sweet Briar House. A multi-talented lady. Pat 
even sewed the elegant velvet drapery used for 
the unveiling of Betsy's legacy portrait. Over the past three years, 
she's gotten to know Betsy and Larry, the quirks of the house, and 
the seasons of events that occur each year at Daisy's home. From 
the President's Christmas Party to the Senior Toast, Pat enjoys the 
busy schedule of the house and the sense of community Betsy has 
fostered at Sweet Briar throughout the time she has lived there. 

Of Sweet Briar House, Pat says she loves its beauty and its history. 
"I've always wanted to sit in Daisy's room and watch the snow fall," 
Pat shared. "That room has lovely views, and it's peaceful." 

Aside from the exquisite historic surroundings, Pat credits Betsy 
for making her work experience enjoyable and memorable. "No 
matter what you do, Betsy notices it." Pat said. "A lot of people 
notice what you haven't done, but she notices what you have. She 
appreciates when you've done something right, and she understands 
when something has gone wrong. I'm really going to miss her." 

Pat explained flirther that the sense of community we all feel at 
Sweet Briar is due in part to Betsy's willingness to open the doors 
of Sweet Briar House for so many functions and to reach out to so 
many different on- and off-campus constituencies. "Sweet Briar is a 
little community. We help each other and people are very open and 
willing ... in part, due to Betsy. She opens her home for 'Brownies 
with Betsy,' Commencement, and many alumnae and friends of 
the College events." Pat said that she could just as easily host these 
events somewhere else on campus, but she chooses to open her own 
home and that makes all the difference. 

Pat is a long-time resident of Amherst. She loves history and 
enjoys auditing classes at Sweet Briar when she has the time. 

The Muhlenfeid Fund 

Sweet Briar College welcomed Dr Elisabeth Sliomtlter Muhlenfeid as its ninth president in 

August 1996. Environmentally sound, historic preservation initiatives have risen to the forefront 

of the College's attention under her leadership. Dr. Muhlenfeid has been a guiding force in setting 

Sweet Briar on a successful path into the future. Her love of this historic campus will be honored 

with the creation of the Elisabeth Showalter Muhlenfeid Fund for Historic Preservation. The 

Muhlenfeid Fund will be used to construct Tusculum and support the Tusculum Institute, restore 

and preserve Sweet Briar House, and sustain Sweet Briar's historic campus. Gifts honoring Dr. Muhlenfeid and her leadership in support of 

historic preservation and environmental sustainability at Sweet Briar College can be made to: 

The Muhlenfeid Fund at Sweet Briar College, Box G. Sweet Briar. VA. 24595. Or contact The Development Office at 888-846-5722. 

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Financial Update 

and General Comments on the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008 


In reviewing the fiscal year ending June 
30, 2008, the Board of Directors was 
pleased to note the College continues 
to improve its financial position. In just five 
years, the College has reduced its reliance 
on the endowment from $12.1 million to 
$6.8 million for a decrease of $5.3 million 
or 44 percent. (Adjusted for inflation, this is 
a 63 percent decrease.) Next year's budget 
reflects an additional drop in reliance on our 
endowment by $400 thousand as the College 
works to reduce our endowment spending 
rate to 5 percent. Our overall tuition discount 
rate has been reduced from 54 percent to 42 
percent, which is now below many of our 
peers. The discount rate is the percentage 
that is produced by dividing institutional 
financial aid grants by total tuition and fees, 
exclusive of room and board. 

There were many highlights during 
the fiscal year. The College enrolled 660 
undergraduate students, which was the 
largest class since 1983. This included 
202 first year students and 1 5 transfers. In 
addition, our graduate program enrolled 15 
students. The entering class remained strong 
with an average GPA of 3.35, and for the 
second year in a row was admitted with a 
discount rate of 40 percent. The College 
broke ground for the new Fitness and 
Athletics Center (FAC) with an estimated 
completion date of August 31, 2009. The 
College has raised $5.2 million and hopes 
to raise additional gifts before opening the 

$10.5 million facility. The College funded 
approximately $1.5 million of capital 
improvements and projects. This included 
work at the library, riding center, engineering 
lab and campus school, renovation of 
faculty row number five, new carpeting 
for Benedict, Carson, and Prothro, security 
cameras, renovation of the Boathouse 
deck, initial work on the FAC, and backup 
generators for Guion and computer services. 
Standard and Poor's (national bond rating 
agency) revised its outlook for the College 
from BBB stable to positive in recognition of 
our disciplined approach to reducing reliance 
on the endowment. 

The year was not without its challenges. 
The College finished the year unfavorable 
to budget by $391 thousand. Reversing a 
trend of covering budget shortfalls from 
the endowment, the College covered this 
year's budget shortfall through reserves set 
aside from the previous two years when 
the College finished favorable to budget. 
$200 thousand of the shortfall was due to 
healthcare and was covered from healthcare 
reserves (the College is self-insured). 
Unfortunately, our operating margin is not 
large enough to absorb large unforeseen 
increases such as the unprecedented rise in 
utilities, gas, and feed (Riding Program). 
Through cost savings measures and 
auxiliaries finishing favorable to budget, 
we were able to cover the balances from 
general reserves. 

Photo © Andrey Sunlsev 

The Fitness and Athletics Center, being built 
adjacent to the Williams Gymnasium, will 
feature a geothermal heat pump system and 
energy star rated roof in keeping >vith the 
Presidents Climate Commitment. 

Looking to the future, the College begins 
the new fiscal year with great excitement 
and anticipation while cautiously keeping an 
eye on world events. The College achieved 
its enrollment target of 675 undergraduate 
students while obtaining an overall discount 
rate of 40 percent. This year's entering class 
had an average GPA of 3.5. The steel is 
being erected on the FAC and the foundation 
is being poured for the $3.5 million 
Green Village, our new apartment-style 
residential space scheduled to be completed 
August 1, 2009. Both projects have many 
environmentally friendly features. The FAC 
will include a geothermal heat pump system 
and energy star rated roof Thanks to an 
anonymous gift, the College is constructing 
the apartments with Structural Insulated 

Drawing of the new Green Village, apartment-style student housing. 

Sweet Kfior ^ ll.-^<]e Alumnae Moqn::ir-ie • www.olumnae.sbcei 

Panels, which are approximately 40 to 50 percent more efficient than stick built 
homes. The units will also feature an energy star rated roof and appliances. The 
FAC and Green Village will play a critical role in the College's future as we 
work to increase retention and grow our undergraduate enrollment to 800. These 
buildings are also a major step in the College's goal to reduce the global emission 
of greenhouse gases. As you know, the College was one of the initial schools 
joining the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. 

The College continues to monitor the external environment and will stay 
focused on managing our controllable expenses. This includes continually 
reviewing our expenses and reducing where we can while investing in areas 
where we believe will either increase enrollment and revenue, or lead to greater 
efficiencies. We will redirect some funds this year where needed, such as financial 
aid, to help students whose demonstrated need might change significantly. 

Like other schools, the College has seen our endowment decline in value. For 
the quarter ending September 2008, the endowment was down 1 1.6 percent with 
an ending value of S84.3 million. Fortunately, because the College has worked hard 
over the last five years to reduce our reliance on the endowment we are in much 
better shape to weather the current market downturn. As noted on the Consolidated 
Statements of Financial Position, last year the College had an unrealized market 
loss of $10 million. 

Our success depends on the collective support of our alumnae. Board, parents, 
faculty, staff, and students. Your continued support remains critical whether it be 
recruiting prospective students and promoting Sweet Briar to friends and family, 
giving to the Annual Fund, capital projects, or the Endowment. This is especially 
important during the current economic downturn. The College remains optimistic 
about the future and will continue to build on all the positive initiatives underway. 
Working together, we can make a difference. 


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Sweet BfjQf College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Dr. Marshalyn 
Yeargin-Allsopp '68 

A Passionate Leader 
Advancing Developmental 
Disabilities Epidemiology 

The American Academy of Pediatrics' 
( AAP) Arnold J. Capute Award 
recognizes a pediatrician who has 
made notable contributions to the health 
and well-being of children with disabilities 
through service or advocacy at the local, 
state, or national level. Past recipients of this 
award include Allen Crocker, Mark Batshaw, 
Pasquale Accardo, and Herbert Cohen, 
among other distinguished physicians. 
""Yeargin-AUsopp is receiving this 
prestigious award because of her passionate 
voice for children with developmental 
disabilities over the past thirty years and 
her major contributions to child health and 
public health — as a scientist, physician, and 
as a mentor," said Edwin Trevathan, MD, 
MPH. director. National Center for Birth 
Defects and Developmental Disabilities 
(NCBDDD). Yeargin-Allsopp will receive 
the Arnold .1. Capute Award at the AAP s 
national conference. 

Yeargin-Allsopp began her CDC 
career in the early 1980s and is noted 
for developing novel methodology for 
monitoring the occurrence of developmental 
disabilities in children (Metropolitan 
Atlanta Developmental Disability Study). 
This methodology proved to be the model 
for the first ongoing population-based 
system in the U.S. for monitoring the 
occurrence of developmental disabilities 

(Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental 
Disabilities Surveillance Program). Data 
from the surveillance system have been used 
in a variety of forums, including forming 
a basis for a recommendation by the AAP 
and other professional groups for universal 
newborn hearing screening of all infants 
in the U.S. Data from this surveillance 
system are also being used to understand 
the prevalence and causes of autism 
spectrum disorders in the U.S. Autism 
spectrum disorder surveillance methods 
pioneered by Yeargin-Allsopp are now 
being implemented by a growing network 
of eleven surveillance sites across the 
country (Autism Developmental Disability 
Monitoring). Moreover, Yeargin-Allsopp is 
involved in the planning and implementation 
of one of the most comprehensive case 
cohort studies of risk factors associated 
with autism spectrum disorders and other 
developmental disabilities (Study to E.xplore 
Early Development). 

According to Herbert Cohen, MD, 
director emeritus at the Children's 
Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center and 
the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for 
Excellence in Developmental Disability 
Education, Research and Service, "She is 
currently the leading epidemiologist in the 
United States studying the epidemiology of 
developmental disabilities." 

Yeargin-Allsopp also serves as an adjunct 
professor at Emory University School of 
Medicine and has published more than 
forty articles in peer-reviewed journals and 
delivered more than seventy presentations 
at meetings, conferences, and symposia 
throughout the U.S. and around the world. In 
balancing her many professional obligations, 
she continues to devote time to the clinical 
care of children with developmental 
disabilities and has served as the medical 
director for a local early intervention center 
for the past twenty-five years. It is for these 
many and varied contributions that Yeargin- 
Allsopp was selected as the 2008 AAP 
Arnold J. Capute Award recipient. 

Barbara Stoll, MD, George W. Brumley, 
Jr., professor and chair. Department of 
Pediatrics, Emory University School of 
Medicine, adds that Yeargin-Allsopp is a 
"rare individual who absolutely embodies 
the sentiments of the Capute Award. . .She 
has forged new knowledge in this area, 
provided extraordinary national public 
service, and been a tireless child advocate." 

— Inside Stoiy by Angle Colson and 
Amanda Aldiidge. Healtli Communications 
Specialists, CDC, and Melody Stevens. 
Public Health Analyst. CDC 

Yeargin-Allsopp is receiving this prestigious award 
because of her passionate voice for children with 
developmental disabilities over the past thirty years 
and her major contributions to child health and public 
health — as a scientist, physician, and as a mentor. 

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Thank you for your 
conunitment to Sweet 
Briar, always. Through 
good times and bad, 
consistent supporters of 
the Annual Fund know 
the importance of keeping 
Sweet Briar as their top 
philanthropic priority. 

There is something about Sweet Briar 
that is transcendent. The value of our 
experiences at the College is unwavering 
despite the fluctuations in politics, global 
economies, or any of our daily concerns. 
People give to Sweet Briar for many 
different reasons, but the common thread 
is to invest in the future of amazing young 
women and to ensure that these future 
generations receive the one-of-a-kind, life- 
changing experience that is SBC. 

This attitude of giving is evidenced by 
over 40 percent participation in the Annual 
Fund from alumnae last year, the 87 percent 
alumnae participation in the last capital 
campaign, and the growing number of 

alumnae who become Silver Rose Society 
members every year because of their 
consistent giving for 25 years or more. Here 
are some of the reasons they give, in their 
own words. 

"I love Sweet Briar. 
It was a wonderful 
experience for me 
as a young woman. I 
give because I want 
to help make this 
opportunity available 
to other young 
women. Philanthropy 

is a core part of my Sandra Taylor '74 

values. I want to give 
back because so many people — family, 
friends, and strangers — sacrificed for me 
to enjoy the 'Sweet Briar Experience.' God 
has blessed me and it is my responsibility 
to give back. Furthermore, coming back to 
campus is always fun. It is wonderful to see 
all of the changes on campus, but also to see 
how the important things have not changed. 
You still see young women being given the 
opportunity and encouraged to 'come of 
age' and be all that God has blessed us to be. 
They are forming strong bonds with fellow 
students, faculty, and administrators that will 
last a lifetime. What a blessing!" 

— Sandra Taylor '74 

National Reunion Giving Chair 

Sara Coffey '06 

"Sweet Briar has 

given me so much — 

lifelong friends, 

confidence to pursue 

my dreams and, of 

course, an excellent 

education. I personally 

feel that it is my duty 

to give back to an 

institution that has 

given me so much. By 

giving on a consistent basis, 1 feel that I am 

not only supporting the College's immediate 

needs, but also investing in the fiiture of the 

institution I hold so dear." 

— Sara J. Coffey '06 

National Youns. Alumnae GIvitw Co-Chair 

"Alumnae give to 

Sweet Briar College 

because they 

remember all the good 

times they had here 

and how Sweet Briar 

helped them get on 

their feet in the real 

world. They remember 

the connections that 

were made while 

attending Sweet Briar, and they are inspired 

by the direction that Sweet Briar is going. 

Our alumnae are extremely dedicated to 

making sure that future generations of Sweet 

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Kelly Meredith 
lacobelli '88 

Briar women are guaranteed that wonderful 
experience they remember having when they 
were students." 

— Leslie Polaski '10 

SBC Phonathon Assistanl Coordiiuilor 

"It is important to 

me to give to Sweet 

Briar each year. 

Doing so reminds 

me of my connection 

to such a special 

place. Numerous 

women came before 

me and established 

the traditions and 

strength of SBC. It 

is important to me 

to keep it healthy for generations to come. 

Putting my pledge on my credit card allows 

me to budget the expense more easily." 

—Kelly Meredith lacobelli '88 
Alumnae Association Board 
Second Vice President 

"My wife and I are firm believers that a 
liberal arts education teaches the student 
how to improve their analytical skills, which 
ultimately improves the confidence of each 
young woman. The environment at Sweet 
Briar encourages young women to think, 
develop and grow as leaders in their field of 
study as they pursue their degrees. We, as 
parents, have seen this development in our 
daughter and we want to ensure that other 
young women have the same opportunities." 

— Elliott and Laura Bondurant 

Parents o) Cabell 'II. 

Parent Steering Committee Co-Chairs 

"I cannot stress how 

important it is to 

Sweet Briar College 

to be a participant 

in Annual Giving. 

Having graduated 

over 50 years ago, I 

have seen so many 

wonderful new things 

on campus. Although 

the highly successful 

capital campaigns have beautifully taken 

care of the bricks and mortar, it is the 

Annual Giving that is the lifeblood, 

enhancing the educational and spiritual 

side of the College. For many years I have 

asked my classmates to join me in their 

Charlotte Heuer 
de Serio '57 

consideration of Annual Giving. They, too, 
realize the importance of this effort and have 
always responded generously. That's what 
truly makes Sweet Briar College so special." 

— Charlotte Heuer de Serio 
Alumna. Class of 1957 

To share your stoiy about why you give and 
why Sweet Briar is important to you. please 
e-mail annualfundfa Thank you 
again to alumnae, parents, friends, and all 
who love Sweet Briar for your continued 
support of the Annual Fund. 

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As a small school, we rely on our alumnae, parents, and friends of the College to 
help offset our annual operating costs. Sweet Briar has many competing needs as 
we work to keep our tuition affordable. For example, last year the cost of utilities, 
gas, and food were over budget by $325,000. Healthcare will go up 12 percent next 
year. To keep our quality faculty we must increase their salaries, which have fallen 
below our peers. Even a full-pay student only pays 71 percent of the total cost of 
their education. Approximately 92 percent of our students receive some form of 
merit or need-based aid, and this number continues to grow. Because of the economy, 
we know several of our students will require additional financial aid if they are to 
return to Sweet Briar this spring. The College will do all it can to help these students, 
but resources are limited. We rely on your generosity to provide the College with 
the flexibility necessary to meet the needs of our students. During these uncertain 
times it is crucial that you continue to give what you can to the Annual Fund, and if 
possible, increase your gift. Working together we can ensure that Sweet Briar remains 
a strong and vibrant school for today's students and for the generations to come. 

Elliott and Laura Bondurant 

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Ann Marshall Whitley '47 


We are saddened to learn of the death of 

Ann Marshall Whitley, Class of 1947. Ann 
was the curator of the Sweet Briar Museum 
for more than twenty-six years, until her 
retirement in 2002. Following her graduation 
in 1947, she served as class secretary, class 
president, president of the Washington D.C. 
Alumnae Club, an Alumnae Admissions 
Representative, member of the Golden 
Stairs Committee, and chair of 1947's 
Reunion Gifts Committee for both her 20th 
and 25th Reunions. Ann was a frequent 
writer/illustrator for the Alumnae Magazine 
and was a contributing editor to the 75th 
anniversary issue and to the 2001 centennial 
issue. In 1981, she received the Outstanding 
Alumna Award and in 1 982 gave the 
Founders" Day Comocation address. 

Described as energetic, indefatigable, 
enthusiastic, and dedicated, she displayed 
all of these characteristics after her return 
to the campus in 1976, when she began 
to create, piece by piece, a lasting legacy 
for her college: the Sweet Briar Museum. 
Ann's knowledge of Sweet Briar history 
was encyclopedic; she brought history to 
life in the Museum. Her natural curiosity 
and museum curator's eye led her to find 
historical treasures in Sweet Briar's attics, 
cellars, dormitories, library archives, odd 
storage areas, and even underground. Her 
growing Museum collections inspired 
alumnae to send memorabilia, and she 
wrote three booklets {Daisy Williams of 
Sweet Briar, Indiana Fletcher Williams of 
Sweet Briar Ghost Stories and Mysteries of 
Sweet Briar) and published Elijah Fletcher 
Vermont Schoolmaster to Virginia Planter. 
by Martha von Briesen '31. She was also 
the star narrator of a video, "Sweet Briar 
Museum: The Founder's Story." 


Ann's is a Sweet Briar family, including 
her mother, the late Edith Durrell Marshall 
'21 and Ann's two daughters, Elizabeth D. 
Whitley '75 and Cynthia W. Auman '78. 

A memorial service has been scheduled 
to celebrate the life of Ann Whitley. It 
will be held on Saturday, February 28 at 
2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel with a 
reception following in the Museum. 

Jon Conyers, Riding Instructor 


The Sweet Briar community was saddened 
to learn of the death of Jon Conyers on 
November 5, 2008. Jon, forty-seven, had 
been a riding instructor and coach at the 
College since 2003. He died at his parent's 
home in Fishersville, Virginia, after 
battling cancer 

In February of this year, Conyers was 
presented the Intercollegiate Horse Show 

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Association "s Lifetime Aciiievement Award, 
the highest honor bestowed by the IHSA 
and one of the most prestigious awards in 
collegiate riding. 

At the time, Shelby French, Sweet Briar's 
director of riding, said, "For such a young 
man, Jon s influence has been amazingly 
far reaching because of the number of 
programs, coaches, and riders with whom he 
has had the opportunity to share his passion 
for horses, quality riding, and the IHSA." 

At Sweet Briar, Jon's influence reached 
beyond the riding stables. He was a good 
sport, volunteering to dress as a princess for 
a student fimdraiser, and, having recently 
rediscovered his love of singing, taking 
weekly voice lessons from voice instructor 
Marcia Thom. 

Marcia vividly recalls the day when Jon 
told her he had cancer "It was the lesson 
after he had been to the doctor to get the 
results back of his [tests], and 1 was, of 
course, wanting him to take the lead on 
where the conversation would go," she said. 
"He said 'Well, I've lived a good life, and 
I don't have any regrets.' Then I cried and 
we went on from there, and we did not talk 
about it again." 

Marcia said he was a "faithful student" 
who enjoyed singing classical and sacred 
music and Broadway show tunes. "It was 
just a very special time," she said. "He 
would have to come in sometimes and sit 
while we sang. We would do as much as he 
hand the energy for. We laughed a lot. We 
really laughed a lot, and I think it was good 
therapy for both of us." 

At the College's inaugural Fringe Festival 
last winter, Jon sang "The Only Home 1 

Know" from the musical "Shenandoah." 
When he finished, there was not a dry eye in 
the house. "It was because of his beautiful 
singing, not because of the situation . . . 
He was really a very gifted singer," Marcia 
said. "He had a wonderful tenor voice, really 

Jon, who had once planned to use his 
music degree in Christian education and 
church music, also sang in the choir at 
Emmanuel Methodist Church in Amherst, 
Virginia, and with FACination, a Lynchburg, 
Virginia, ensemble. 

Pat Clements, administrative assistant 
in the president's office and a FACination 
member, said the group will dedicate a 
concert to Jon in February. "He just 
touched so many people," she said. "He has 
so many friends — not only around here, but 
other places that he's lived and taught." 

Jon grew up near Staunton, Virginia, 
and began riding when he was twelve. He 
became involved with the collegiate riding 
association as a student at St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College when he took a lead 
role in forming an IHSA team there. 

He also served as director of riding at 
Wesleyan College in Georgia and at his 
alma mater, and coached at the University 
of Virginia and Savannah College of Art and 
Design. While in Georgia, he also owned a 
horse show management business. 

Over the course of his twenty-three year 
career, he organized five IHSA national 
championships, was an active director and 
committee chairman for the IHSA board 
of directors for more than a decade, and he 
coached several national-champion teams 
and riders. 

Before his death, Marcia said she told 
Jon that he reminded her of the season, of 
beautiful colors, and falling leaves. "I told 
Jon . . . that he was the fall to me. That even 
though he was dying as happens to things 
during this season, the colors — his gifts to 
those around him — were glorious. 

"I find it remarkable that God colors 
death during this season so beautifully. That 
reminds me of Jon and always will." 

Karl Tamburr, Professor of 
English at Sweet Briar 


The Sweet Briar community was saddened 
to learn of the death of Karl Tamburr on 
Saturday, September 20, 2008. Karl, sixty. 

was a professor of English at the College 
for thirty-three years. He died after a brief 

Professor Tamburr received his bachelor's 
in English from Princeton University and his 
master's and doctorate from the University 
of Virginia. He began teaching at Sweet 
Briar in 1975. A specialist in literature of 
the Middle Ages, last year he celebrated the 
completion of a longtime project when his 
book. The Harrowing of Hell in Medieval 
England, was published. 

Much loved by his colleagues on the 
College's faculty and staff, Karl also was a 
favorite with students. In 1993, he received 
the Student Government Association's 
E.xcellence in Teaching Award. His 
popularity spanned more than a generation. 

"I'm advising students today whose 
mothers said what a great professor he was 
when they were here," said Jonathan Green, 
dean of the College. 

Dean Green also noted Karl's many 
performances for the Sweet Briar Theatre, 
especially when Shakespeare was on the 
playbill. Jonathan said his favorite was 
Karl's portrayal of the comedic constable 
Dogberry in Much Ado about Nothing. This 
summer he played Lord Capulet in Romeo 
and Juliet, an outdoor production staged 
in front of Benedict Hall by the Endstation 
Theatre Co. 

Professor Tamburr's longtime colleague 
in the English department, retired 
professor Lee Piepho, described him as 
a fine teacher and scholar, a friend and 
a gentleman. Dr. Piepho said among his 
many contributions to the College were 
serving on the committee to hire President 
Elisabeth Muhlenfeld and as Sweet Briar's 

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representative for the Virginia Program 
at Oxford, for whicii he was twice the 
American director. 

Karl also contributed to Sweet Briar's 
Kids in College program, served on 
academic committees of the board of 
directors, and worked on United Way 
campaigns. He chaired the English 
department from 1986 to 1989 and received 
numerous grants and awards for scholarship. 

Karl is survived by his wife of thirty- 
three years, Jane Campbell Tamburn 

According to an obituary in the News 
c£- Advance, he also is survived by his 
brother Joseph Tamburr and wife, Patricia, 
of Albany. N.Y.; a sister, Laurie Furlong 
and husband. Dr. James Furlong, of Sand 
Lake. N.Y.; an uncle. Karl Hoffmann, of 
Midlothian: and four nephews. 

A "Celebration of Life" service was held 
for Karl on Saturday, January 3 1 , 2009 at 
the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel. 

Paul C. Taylor, 
Professor of History 


We are sad to report the death of Paul C. 
Taylor, history professor at Sweet Briar from 
1964 until his retirement in 1995. 

Paul attended Dartmouth College and 
went on to earn his Ph. D. from Harvard 
University in 1967. He taught American 
History at Vassar College before coming 
to Sweet Briar, where his tenure spanned 
thirty-five years. He published a number of 
articles in the field of women's history and 
was active in several historical societies. 

Professor of History Gerry Berg 
remembers that Paul was as great a 
connoisseur of wine as he was of U.S. 
history. He will be remembered for his 

sympathetic consideration of others and his 
quiet sense of humor. 

After retiring from Sweet Briar College, 
he returned to Connecticut and settled in 
Farmington. He was very active in the 
United Methodist Church of Hartford 
where he held a number of positions. He 
served in the Signal Corps in Germany 
during the Korean War He is survived by 
his brother Edson C. Taylor and his wife 
Joyce, of Bonita Springs, FL; his nephew 
Kenneth Taylor and his wife Kathleen of 
New Milford; his niece Susan T. Myers 
and her husband Edward of New Freedom. 
PA; his grandnieces Amelia, Olivia, and 
Claudia Taylor and Emma Myers; and his 
grandnephew James Myers. 

Crispen: A Good Woman to 
Have in Your Corner 


When Jennifer Crispen died on November 
14, 2008, following a relentless six-year 
fight with cancer, she was surrounded by 
her close friends and family. The staff at 
Lynchburg General Hospital marveled at 
how many people were there and at their 
devotion. Some had kept a nearly two-week 
\'igil with her 

"She battled in that hospital longer 
than anyone they had ever seen," said SBC 
athletic director Kelly Morrison, one of 
those who stayed with her. Her resilience 
surprised no one at Sweet Briar, though. 

"The way she fought cancer speaks to 
the way she lived her life." said Elisabeth 
Mahler, a co-worker in college relations. 

By all accounts — and there are many, 
because Coach Crispen forged more than 
the average number of uncommonly strong 
friendships — she lived tenaciously, curiously, 
humorously, and caringly. 

Crispen, Sweet Briar's fiercely 
competitive head field hockey coach since 
1977, fought for many things. Not least 
was to win on the field of play, where 
as a coach she compiled one of the best 
records in the country. Also as a coach, she 
worked with the U.S. Elite and Olympic 
Development Programs, played on the U.S. 
Squad, and served as a field hockey media 
consultant at the Olympic Games. Jennifer 
was recognized as ODAC Coach of the 
Year as many as four times. Inducted into 
the National Field Hockey Coaches Hall 

of Fame in 2005, Jennifer Crispen coached 
over 500 field hockey games throughout her 
forty-year career. 

Crispen advocated for gender equity in 
sports and was recognized nationally as 
an authority on the subject. Reporters in 
the media frequently sought her expertise 
for stories on gender equity. Title IX, and 
women's sports. Through her academic 
classes, she taught those same lessons to 
athletes and non-athletes at Sweet Briar She 
marched to end the war in Iraq and circulated 
a petition to oppose a constitutional ban on 
same-sex marriage in Virginia. 

Before her illness, she battled back from 
a biking accident that nearly killed her. She 
was seriously injured and alone in the woods 
except for her standard poodle, Mattie. 
whose barking probably saved her life. Her 
recovery took months, but eventually she 
was back on her mountain bike, pedaling her 
beloved Sweet Briar trails. 

Crispen grappled with her own schedule 
for time to paint and won, becoming a 
prolific watercolorist and active in the local 
art community. Her artwork is hung in 
many of the offices on campus and has been 
displayed at several Lynchburg Art Club 
shows. About her art Crispen once said, "I'm 
not a dilettante. I work very hard at it." 

Leave it to Crispen to use a word like 
"dilettante." Former field hockey goalie 
Jenn Wiley '06 remembers she liked to 
spring a new term or concept on her players 
and required them to apply it on the field. 
" 'Onus" was one," Jenn said. "It was a 
motivational thing, but she was teaching. 
She loved to teach. She would say, "Strong 
minds make the best athletes.' " 

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A reception was held during Homecoming Weekend to honor Jennifer Crispen's thirty years of coaching at Sweet Briar. After the hockey game, 
players and friends gathered on the hillside overlooking the playing field. 

Of all the things Crispen fought for, 
perhaps no one or nothing benefitted from 
her energy more than Sweet Briar College 
and its people. She served on nearly every 
committee on campus and chaired the 
faculty senate — twice. 

Dean Jonathan Green said she wanted 
the chairmanship for an unprecedented 
second term, "Because she cares about the 
institution." Green believes she saw this as a 
critical transition year, with construction of 
the new Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) 
and student housing beginning, and the 
College's president of thirteen years retiring. 

Kelly Morrison said she and Crispen 
recently sat in the gym parking lot talking 
about the new FAC. "[She spoke ot] how 
exciting it was and how athletics and 
physical education could move forward" 
Kelly said. "I'm so happy it was started and 
she got to see the steel go up." 

It was obvious that Crispen loved and 
appreciated the Sweet Briar grounds as well. 
Ten years ago she instigated the planting 
of 500 bulbs and recently tried to organize 
another planting. "It would be a good way 
to connect students, etcetera to the College, 
because when the bulbs bloom in spring, 
they will feel a real sense of pride," she said 
of the project. 

To honor her wishes, Carrie and John 
Gregory Brown and Donna Meeks organized 
a volunteer party to plant 100 more bulbs 
along the entrance. When the daffodils 
flower along Sweet Briar's entrance drive 
this spring, think of Jennifer Crispen. 

Sandra Holliman Botton 


Sandra Holliman Botton, major gifts officer 
since 2002, died Thursday, August 14, 2008, 
at the University of Virginia Hospital after 
a long illness. She was surrounded by her 
husband. Dr. Jacques E. Botton, and her 
children, Macon Brooks Morrison, John 
Francis West Morrison, and Peter Jacques 

She is also survived by her parents. 
Col. (ret.) and Mrs. Earl J. Holliman, a 
sister. Sherry Diane Holliman, a beloved 
granddaughter, Kasey Brooks Morrison and 
a niece, Jenna Holliman. 

Sandy was born in Alexandria, August 
15, 1947. She received a BA in History 
from Mary Baldwin College where she was 
a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honorary 
History Fraternity. 

Sandy lived in Lynchburg for more 
than thirty-five years. Throughout her life, 
she was involved in a myriad of volunteer 
and professional endeavors. She was the 
prenatal education coordinator for Bedford 
County Memorial Hospital, co-owner of 
the English Way Antiques, in Lynchburg, 
Acting Director of Marketing for the 
Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, 
the Assistant for Constituent Affairs in 
the Office of Lt. Governor Don Beyer, a 
registered lobbyist with the 
Commonwealth of Virginia and a 6th 
Congressional District Campaign 
Coordinator for Lt. Governor Don Beyer. 

Over the years, Sandy served on a 
number of community boards including 
the Transplant Foundation, Richmond, the 
Junior League of Lynchburg, the Lynchburg 
Historical Foundation and Kaleidoscope, Inc. 

Sandy had a great passion for the arts 
and historic preservation, and was a talented 
athlete. She won first place for her age 
group in a full marathon in Raleigh, N.C. 
in the early 1980s. Other outlets for her 
boundless dedication and creativity included 
Hillside Garden Club and the Tusculum 
Historic Preservation Project at Sweet Briar 
College. She also served as chair of the 
Designer House on the Avenue 1 986. 

Having been a development officer at 
Randolph Macon Women's College from 
1998-2002, she has served in the same 
capacity at Sweet Briar College for the past 
six years. 

Sandy was truly a renaissance woman 
who was loved and admired for her talents, 
tenacity, energy, goodwill, thoughtfulness, 
friendship, grace, spirit, and enthusiasm. She 
is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by 
her family and friends. 

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Kay Bryant, 



Kristie Munn, 
Assistant to the 

Kristin Barnes, 
Assistant Director of 
Annual Giving 

Pat James, Benefits 

Squeaky Jones, 
Physical Plant 

Becky Seogle, Dean's 

Kay Bryant 


Kay Bryant, development secretary, 
retired on September 30, 2008. Kay's 
communication skills, technical expertise, 
professionalism, and exceptional positive 
attitude made her an invaluable addition 
to the Donor Relations and Development 
Operations team and to the Development 
Office. She began her position during 
an exceptionally busy time, and her 
transition into her new role was seamless. 
Her wonderful work on the planning and 
execution of Homecoming 2006 was critical 
to the weekend's success. In fact, her 
proactive, intuitive, and very hard work has 
been crucial to the success of every Donor 
Relations event! 

Despite her impressive workload, Kay 
was always professional, always positive and 
pleasant, and always eager to collaborate. 
Her skillful, professional interaction with 
constituents and colleagues quickly became 
her trademark. Kay was always eager to 
accept additional responsibilities and take 
on new projects, as evidenced by her adept 
and proactive work with the Honor Roll of 
Donors, stewardship reports, the student 
thank-a-thon, her support of numerous 
special events, and many other independent 
projects. Through her proactive spirit, 
unwavering determination, generosity in 
sharing her time, and her eagerness to 
offer a helping hand, Kay has contributed 
immensely to the Development Office and 
to the life of our College. 

We will miss Kay's fabulous outlook on 
life and wish her many happy and healthy 
years of retirement. 

Kristie Munn 


Kristie Munn was hired as the new 
administrative assistant to Chaplain Adam 
White. She started on August 4. 

Before coming to Sweet Briar, Munn 
was a substitute teacher for Amherst County 
Public Schools. Prior to that, she was a 
buyer and sales representative for High Peak 
Sportswear in Lynchburg. She graduated 
from Virginia Tech in 1 986 with a bachelor's 
degree in clothing and textiles. 

She and her husband, Paul, live in 
Amherst with their 1 1 -year-old son, Robert. 
She is a native of Amherst and the sister of 
Scott Tucker, an electrician at the College. 
When she's not working, she enjoys hiking, 
jogging, walking, and oil painting. 

Kristin Barnes '08 


Kristin Barnes, a 2008 Sweet Briar graduate, 

is a new assistant director of annual giving. 
She officially took her post on August 4, 
2008. Among other things, she will work on 
the SBC Phonathon. Senior Class Campaign, 
and the SBC Community Campaign. 

Barnes is a native of Nashville, 
Tennessee, but now lives in Amherst. At 
Sweet Briar, she majored in economics. 
She is an ice hockey fan and enjoys painting 
and ceramics. 

Pat James 


Pat James, benefits coordinator, retired on 
October 10, 2008 after twenty-eight years 
of service to the College. Pat has been a joy 
to work with during my brief time at Sweet 
Briar. Many of you have known and loved 
Pat for a much longer time. We will all 
miss her as a person and as the repository 
of a wealth of SBC knowledge. In spite of 
her large work load, she was always willing 
to answer questions or get to the bottom 
of a benefit issue an employee may have 

Over the years, Pat has touched many 
lives as she oriented new employees to 
Sweet Briar College. She has left a lasting 
impression on them as they join the SBC 
family. While we are excited for Pat, we 
will all miss her extensive knowledge of 
Sweet Briar's benefits and her wonderful 
compassionate spirit. 

Lewis "Squeaky" 

Lewis "Squeaky" Jones has retired after 
twenty-seven years of service. He was hired 
in 1981 in the Grounds Department and 
has been dedicated to meeting the needs of 
the College throughout those years. Since 
his arrival, he has worked all over campus 
and always made each day brighter with his 
upbeat and friendly approach to life. He will 
certainly be missed by all. 

Sweet Briar faculty and staff gathered 
at the Boathouse on October 1 7 to honor 

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Squeaky for his hard work and thank him for 
his happy smile that has made an impression 
on so many people at Sweet Briar. 

Becky Seagle 


Becky Seagle is retiring after having worked 
in the Dean's Office for nearly twenty years. 
Often, students and faculty come into the 
office because of stressful circumstances, 
and regularly they confess that Becky s 
gentility and friendliness is like a soothing 
tonic the moment they come in the door. 
Hers is the face and voice that has welcomed 
visitors and callers to Academic Affairs. She 
is consummately professional and charming. 
She has made four deans look better than 
they deserved, and she has been a delightful 
and supportive colleague. 

One of her co-workers states: "Becky 
is a truly lovely woman who is a joy to 
work with. She always greets you with a 
smile and a kind word, is the first to offer 
help, and has a knack for quietly and gently 
handling sensitive situations. In short, she's 
a gem and a class act, our glue and often 
times our compass, and is unquestionably 

Over the years, there have been a number 
of critical transitions in the office, and 
Becky has been the source of continuity. 
She is constantly working while she is at 
her desk, completing an astounding number 
of small precise tasks everyday that would 
go unnoticed by a casual visitor, often it is 
as an act of pitching in for someone who is 
overwhelmed. When colleagues have been 
unable to work, sometimes for extended 
periods of time, Becky has quietly carried 
their load with grace. Selfless, cheerful, 
professional, and kind, she is a noble 
example of the very best kind of team 
player. We congratulate her and wish her a 
happy retirement. 

Karol Lawson, Interim Art Gallery Director 

Sweet Briar Names Interim 
Art Gallery Director 


Karol Lawson, former director of the 
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph 
College, has been named interim director 
of the Sweet Briar College Art Gallery. 
She was the Maier's director from 1999 
to 2007. 

According to Lawson, during her 
time at the helm, the Maier added more 
than 150 works of art to its permanent 
collection; increased annual attendance 
and membership 27 and 29 percent, 
respectively; formed an advisory board; 
and raised approximately $200,000 
for "collections care, exhibitions, 
programming, and acquisitions." 

A 1981 graduate of Sweet Briar, Lawson earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in art 
history from the University of Virginia. She is a native of Loudoun County, VA, and a 
resident of Lynchburg. 

"I am extremely happy to be in a position to help Sweet Briar, and it'll be a good 
year for me to kind of reset my compass and decide what the next steps are for [me]," 
Lawson said. 

Lawson 's yearlong appointment, effective July 15, comes after the resignation of 
longtime gallery director Rebecca Massie Lane, who recently accepted the director's 
post at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD. 

"I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity to serve the students and faculty 
of Sweet Briar as the community adjusts to Rebecca's departure," Lawson said. "She 
has accomplished a great deal in her time on campus, laying a strong foundation for 
future growth. 

"It will be a genuine pleasure to serve my alma mater, but even more rewarding will 
be helping the College's galleries and art collection thrive as the process goes through a 
healthy transitional period." 

Lane served as Sweet Briar's gallery director for nearly nineteen years. During 
that time, the gallery celebrated its 20th anniversary and the number of items in the 
permanent collection nearly doubled. She was instrumental in developing the student 
docents program and increasing the number of outreach programs to the Sweet Briar 
and local communities, including tours and workshops for Amherst County Public 
Schools. The gallery also hosted many student-curated exhibits and published numerous 
catalogs with Lane as director. 

"The opportunity for our own students to be engaged in the art gallery all grew 
enormously during my tenure here," she said. "It raised the community awareness of the 
art gallery and the collection as an academic resource ... I feel that the whole program 
has reached a level of vitality that will give the next person a great spot fi"om which to 
launch the next era of work." 

As for her replacement. Lane believes she has left the gallery in good hands. "I'm 
delighted that she's accepted the post as interim director, and I know the art gallery will 
benefit from an intelligent and creative leader," Lane said. 

Jonathan Green, dean of the College, agreed. "[Lawson] brings a wealth of 
experience as a museum director with significant expertise in American art, which is the 
focus of her doctoral work . . . Also, she's an alumna, so it'll be nice to bring her home 
for awhile," he said. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Winter 2008/2009 • 31 

MINI tyeAAA-uxy^Ay 

The Class of 1955 held a mini-reunion at Blowing Rock. North 
Carolina, August 22-25, 2008. Betty Byrne Gill Ware says, "We 
had a terrific time and are grateful to Sweet Briar for initially 
getting us together." 

The Sweet Briar Alumnae Club of New York City held □ .mer 

gathering at Cafe St. Bart's on Park Avenue. Pictured L-R ore: Jenne- 
Lauren Salapka '01, Christy Holterman-Ziegler '01, Chanel Smith '01, 
Brooke Helburn '06, Blaire Baigent '02, Hollylane Riley '06, Alicia 
Gorman '06, and Christine Rangel '01. 


L-R, seated: Emily Hunter Slingluff, Camille Williams Yow, and Diane 
Hunt Lawrence. L-R, standing: Betty Byrne Gill Ware, Mary Boyd 
Murray Trussell, Anne Williams Manchester, Newell Bryan Tozzer, 
Jane Feltus Welch, and Kathleen Peebles Ballou. 

L-R: Betty Byrne Gill 
Ware, Anne Williams 
Manchester, Mary 
Boyd Murray Trussell, 
Diane Hunt Lawrence, 
Phyllis A. Joyner, 
Jane Feltus Welch, 
Kathleen Peebles 
Ballou, Newell Bryan 
Tozzer, and Camille 
Williams Yow. 

The Class of 1964 held a mini-reunion in New York. Standing L-R: 
Donna Pearson Chapman, Ashton Borfieid, Mary Miller, Anne Litle 
Poulet, Margie Kala Fleigh, V.M. Del Gre<o Galgano, Jo Ann Sodercfuist 
Kramer. Seated L-R: Hedi Haug White, Ginny deBuys, and Nelie Tucker. 


Class of 1964 also held a mini-reunion bock on campus during 
Homecoming Weekend 2008. Standing, L-R: Moilie Johnson Nelson, 
Nancy Gillies, Sheila Carroll Cooprider, V.M. Del Greto Galgano. Seated, 
L-R: Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer, Ginny deBuys; Grace Mary Garry Oates, 
Lynne Smith Crow, Claire Hughes Knapp. 

Alumnae in Chattanooga met for 
a mini-reunion. Seated, L-R: Julia 
Bryan Sanford '80, Hilda Hude 
Chapin '45. Standing, L-R: Moilie 
Johnson Nelson '64, Virginia 
Spongier Polley '76, Peggy 
Johnson Laney '62, and Mary 
Fontaine Keown '63. 

The above alumnae got together 
Friday, November 7, Jen's birth- 
day, to celebrate with Chris 
Beck (H-SC) on his art open- 
ing at Leaping Frog Gallery in 
Waynesville. Front row: Amanda 
Diamond Ring '98, Susan Holman 
Beck '98, Gregor Lee "00, Trey 
Locke (son of Jen Beck Locke '96). 
Back row: Jen Be<k Locke '96 
Sarah Reidy Ferguson '96 

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Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • wwwalumnae.sbc-edu 

The Sweet Briar College 
International Writers 
Series 2008-2009 

Manil Suri 

April 15,2009 8 p.m. 
Lecture in the Memorial Chapel 

April 16, 2009 8 p.m. 
Reading in the Memorial Chapel 

Editor's Note: 

A correction was spotted in the last 
issue of the Alumnae Magazine. The 
2008 James Lewis Howe Award in 
Chemistry was presented to Ashley 
Figueiredo '08 at Commencement. 
Congratulations Ashley! 



February 10-18, 2009 

July 19-27, 2009 

Monarch Migration in Mexico with Dr. 

Village Life in the Cotswolds 

Lincoln Brower, Research Professor of 

Biology at Sweet Briar and a leading 

August 22-September 2, 2009 

expert on Monarch migration 

Cehic Lands: Ireland Scotland, 

Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and 

February 18-28,2009 


Coastal Life: Thailand and the Malay 

Peninsula aboard the S.Y. Star Clipper 

October 12-27,2009 

Turkey & the Turquoise Coast 

May29-June 11,2009 

South Africa: Three Kingdoms (with an 

*Dates, destinations, prices and 

optional extension to Cape Town) 

itineraries are subject to change 

June 14-22, 2009 

Contact Melissa Coffey '98, tour 

Swiss Alps & Italian Lakes 

coordinator, for more information at 

800.3 8 1 .6 1 3 1 or mcoffey@shc. edu. 

Objects of Power: 

A Lecture Series on African Art 

Lectures will be held in the Anne 
Gary Pannell Art Gallery from 
7:30-8:30 p.m. with refreshments to 
follow. An African arts exhibition 
will be showcased at the gallery 
during the lecture series. 

This series was organized 
by Dr. Deborah Durham, 
professor of anthropology 
and archaeology and Britt 
Patterson '09. It is free 
and open for all alumnae 
to attend. Please call 
Professor Durham, 
434.381.6229, or the 
President's Office, 
434.381.6210, with 

February 3, 2009 

Imaging A mazons: 
Dahomey Women 
Warriors In and Out 
of Africa 

by Suzanne Blier, 
Harvard University 

Photograph by Taylor 
Dabney, courtesy Longwood 
Center for the Visual Arts 

February 1 8, 2009 

Sogobo Puppet Masquerades in Mali: 
Embracing the New for Over a Century 
by Mary Jo Amoldi, Smithsonian Institution 

March 3, 2009 

Mermaids, Jezebels and Jesus: The Art of 
Nigerian Pentecostal Pamphlet Covers 
by Misty Bastian, Franklin and Marshall 

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Winter 2008/2009 • 33 


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Mrs. Tfiomas W. Goodwin 

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Mrs. William W. Jamison 

September 22, 2008 


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Mrs. Thomas H. Alphin 

October 2 1 , 2008 


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Mrs. Lomor W. Little 

September 22, 2008 


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Mrs. Russell M. Guttshall, Jr. 

October 5, 2008 

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Mrs. Felix C. Dodd Jr. 

January 28, 2007 

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Mrs. Jesse W. Whitley 

September 28, 2008 


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Mrs. Henry G, Gardiner 

October 5, 2008 

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October 6, 2008 


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January 16, 2004 


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The Sweet Briar Alumnae Association appreciates 
notifications of deattis. Please relay information to the 
Alumnae Office, P.O. Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 or 

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Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman 
Pennswood Village D-212 
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd 
Newtown, PA 18940-2401 


Juliet Halliburton Davis, Jr. 


2673 Belcher Mountain Rd 

Meadows of Dan, VA 24120-9801 


Frances Bailey Brooke 
405 Jackson Avenue 
Lexington, VA 24450-1905 


Ann Morrison Reams 
771 Bon Air Circle 
Lynchburg, VA 24503 

It would be a shame not to have something 
about our class in each Issue of the maga- 
zine, but I am hard pressed to learn much 
about most of you. Fortunately, several of 
you show up in Lynchburg from time to 
time, and what a joy to see you! As I have 
written before, Lucy Call Dabney's daugh- 
ter Lucy manages our new and elegant res- 
taurant. Shoemaker's, which is connected 
to the Craddock-Terry Hotel, renovated 
from the old shoe factory. This year, when 
Sally Schall Van Allen and Bill made their 
annual visit with their son and daughter, 
we had a lovely dinner there. Happily, I had 
another elegant dinner there with Lucy and 
her daughter Susan Dabney Smith 73 who 
came over from Charlottesville to celebrate 
Lucy's birthday. I've talked with her, but 
haven't seen her for several years. What a 
treat that was. Bless Bobbie Engh Croft! 
She writes that Crosswell has had some 
health issues this year, but is improving, 
and they are getting along well. I go to SBC 
from time to time and enjoy seeing so many 
wonderful friends whom I've known through 
the years. I'm always so proud of what's 
going on there. Last week I attended the 
Friends of the Library meeting where two 
engineering students gave a presentation of 
their projects. They were more than impres- 


sive! All of you would truly enjoy some of 
the special collections at the Library. One 
was left by Irene Vongehr Vincent '40 and 
her husband John. It is an enormous collec- 
tion of oriental masterpieces, books, prints, 
etc., which is the envy of all libraries. Same 
is true of a collection of T S. Elliot's works 
left by Evelyn Mullen '31. Caroline Casey 
McGehee Lindemann's ('49) gift of her col- 
lection of miniature books is now on display 
in a beautiful new glass case. If you aren't 
already a member of the Friends, please 
join for a meager $25.00. This organization 
makes such a valuable impact on the life 
of the College. One last thing, when talking 
to students I found that most of them have 
come to SBC because of some innovative 
program there, not because it is a women's 
college. I'm grateful to say that I continue 
to be well, happy, and busy I enjoy bridge, 
book club, garden club, walking, numerous 
lectures, and concerts, DAR projects, and, 
of course, time spent with children and 
grandchildren. I enjoyed two nice visits to 
the beach this year, delightful weekends at 
our river cabin and my annual visit to FL in 
Jan. Please take a minute to drop me a line, 
even to simply say that you are alive and 
kicking. I treasure every word! 


Ki'ou^-io^ 0001: 7/la^ a3,-a.f. a.oo'i 
Alice Lancaster Buck 
Covenant Hill Farm 
9357 Covenant Hill Lane 
Marshall, VA 20115 


Julia Mills Jacobsen 

Mary Haskins King 
501 Kimberly Dr 
Greensboro, NC 27408 

Editor's Note: Class Notes in ttiis issue were 
written by Dale Sayler Morgan 

Some of you may have heard that Julie 
very suddenly lost the sight of her left eye, 
probably due to a pin point stroke. She also 
has a problem with her right leg hindering 
mobility. Thanks to her daughter-in-law, 
she gets good care and attention. Daughter 
Mary lives in CA, and she and her children 
will be with Julie for Thanksgiving. When 
she asked me to write for her, I was visiting 


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Secretaries may submit notes for every issue of the magazine. Please see "I 
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Winter '08 

November 1 , 2008 

Spring '09 

April 1 , 2009 

Fall '09 

July 1 , 2009 

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for the accuracy of the class notes. 

Make sure the Alumnae Office has your correct e-mail address! 
Please send e-mail addresses to: 

my daughter and son-in-law, Diane and 
Dick Viall in Sewickley, PA. They'll come to 
Savannah to see me in Dec. on their way to 
Patagonia, Argentina, for the winter (sum- 
mer there). They built a house: this will be 
their 4th winter escaping blizzards of PA. 
Julie still does volunteer work. Occupational 
Therapy, at Howard U, She has a book, just 
published. From Idea to Funded Projects, 
co-authored with Jan Kress. A digital edition 
is available. In 4/08 Julie attended a meet- 
ing of Association of Occupational Therapy 
in Long Beach, CA. While there, she took a 
tour of the Queen Mary. 

News from Jean Ridler Fahrenbach: 
She traveled in '08 visiting Egypt and 
Jordan in Feb.; a reunion at Topsail Beach, 
NC, in Jul. with 50 family members; a 
coastal voyage to Norway in Aug.; now at 
home enjoying fall foliage in VT. She keeps 
busy with Meals on Wheels, Elder Education 
Enrichment, Organizing Church Library, 
and feeding seniors at Young At Heart. On 
Columbus Day, she hiked 2 mi. up Snake 
Mountain (1287 ft.) with 3 friends — lovely 
view of Champlain Valley Her advice to all 
her peers is "keep active," 

Ann Dickson Jordan and Luke had 
a wonderful 3-wk cruise on Crystal Cruise 
Lines. On the British Isles leg she met Jane 
Tatman Walker '60 and husband Frank from 
Indianapolis. They cruised on to Scandinavia 
and St. Petersburg, Russia. In Jan., they've 
booked a cruise to South America, "sure 
is fun!" 

In May, I joined Wyline Chapman 
Sayler and husband Henry (my brother) at 
West Point for Henry's 65th Reunion, Class 
of Jan. 1943. 27 of his classmates were 
there, and they still marched in perfect 
unison as in '43. It was a memorable and 
emotional time as one recalls their service 
in World War II, and how the world and 


Does your class have a page on 
Facebook, Linked In, or other web 
community? Please let us know! The 
Alumnae Office is compiling a list 
of class pages for our updated web 
site. Send an email to Colleen Karaffa 
Murray '06, editor of the Alumnae 
Magazine, at with 
the link to your class page. 

times have changed since. As for me, I had 
a hip replacement in 9/07; and a complete 
knee replacement in 6/08. The other knee 
was done about 8 yrs ago, and there is no 
comparison. New procedures eliminate a lot 
of pain and shorten recovery. In less than 
5 mo. I don't even think about it. Amazes 
me to think I'm a Bionic woman: but I don't 
want any more replacements. I'm following 
Julie's and Jean's advice to stay active. 
Julie will welcome hearing from those we 
missed. My very best wishes and Happy 
Holidays to you. 


Mary Vandeventer Saunders 

955 Harpersville Rd 

Newport News, VA 23601 -1085 


Linda McKoy Stewart 
18 0sprey Lane 
Rumson,N J 07760-1821 

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Maddin Lupton McCallie 
1508Edgewood Circle 
Chattanooga, TN 37405 

Apologies, red face, and shame overcome 
your scribe as she found no notes from 
the Class of 1948 in the "pink hat issue" 
of the SBC Alumnae News; I missed the 
deadline! But a chat with Colleen in the 
alumnae office assured me that the notes 
mostly done by Peggy Sheffield IVIartin 
and Martha Mansfield Clement about our 
60th reunion will be in the late fall edition of 
your SBC News which you will have already 
read, I decided to call a few classmates 
to see what you are doing after all these 
years. Each call has been interesting and 
heart warming and I urge you to do the 
same — pick up the phone, call a classmate, 
and see how life is treating her after 60 yrs! 
Since our last notes, we've received notice 
of the deaths of Jerre Jo Flack Gardiner 
on 1 0/5, Carolyn Irvine Forbes on 6/1 3, 
Dr. Jane Lul<e on 6/26 and Betty Leffel 
Wingate and Virginia Skeppstrom Cline 
in 1/08. Their names will be read at the 
Reunion ceremonies of May 2009. 

My phone calls uncovered a host of 
information. Martha Davis Barnes went 
to her doctor for an annual physical, and 
he promptly put her in the hospital where 
she had 5 coronary artery bypasses done. 
Martha's children had her situated in a 
Nashville convalescent care place near 
her son. She's now back in her condo in 
Atlanta ready to take up her weekly tennis 
games and regular walks. Cheers! Peggy 
Sheffield Martin reports house partying 
with Atlanta friends in San Miguel, Mexico, 
where they lease Martha Rowan Hyder's 
elegant "bed and breakfast," complete with 
chef and housekeeping services. Peggy's 
brother I.M. Sheffield retired from Atlanta to 
this same place. A chat with our tuned-in 
class pres Martha Mansfield Clement in 
Alexandria, VA, bnngs details of a number 
of '48s who moved into a handsome multi- 
storied retirement center, the Goodwin 
House Audrey Lahman Rosselot returns 
here after summering in New Hampshire. 
Liz Barbour and Mac spend time in 
their NC beach house before returning to 
Goodwin House. Nancy Vaughn Kelly and 
Dan sold their Alexandria home and moved 
to Goodwin. Ginny Wurzbach Vardy lives 
here and seems to have recovered from 
a recent broken hip. Martha, Nancy, and 
Audrey are active in the same Episcopal 
church. It's a small world! Martha, after 
working in the presidential campaign, made 
a trip to Williams Coll. to see grandson 
Steve play in his last football game. She 
keeps up with Judy Blakey Butler who 
has been politically active in York. PA. 

A cheerful chat with Meon Bower 
Harrison in Charlottesville says that she's 
on dialysis 3 times a week, and that it's not 

fun but it's better than the alternative. She 
described the birthday party her children 
gave for her— an "Ice Cream Social" for 35 
of Arch's and her friends and family Meon 
keeps in touch with Jane Miller Wright 
in CA, especially after Jane's husband 
Howard died of kidney failure soon after 
they celebrated their 60th anniversary with 
the whole family in attendance. A wonderful 
visit with my camp/college friend Wayne 
Stokes Goodall in Pittsboro, NC, in which 
she described the fun she had traveling 
with a W&I7SBC group on their recent trip 
to Russia. She has an active life and takes 
classes in such things as memoir writing. 
She finished a piece on the great depres- 
sion, which her family happened to spend 
in plushy circumstances with family friends. 
She adds that she is pleased with SBC's 
updates and changes. 

Marjorie Smith Smithey in Roanoke 
still plays doubles in tennis and stays active 
as a volunteer at her church. In answer to 
my nosey question, she does have white 
hair and weighs 135 pounds. Calls to 
Shreveport. Vk, never reached Diane King 
Nelson, but I got the nicest sounding young 
gentleman's voice — it was her son Clay 
picking up Diane's mail while she's visit- 
ing her daughter Felicia in Houston. She's 
named for our classmate, Felicia Jackson 
Burns I did reach Martha Garrison 
Anness whose warm response to the call 
made me so glad. She still maintains her 
home in Cincinnati and had just entertained 
her Iris Club with a seated luncheon for 40. 
Since her Chuck died 2 yrs go she remains 
well cared for by their 2 sons who live close 
by. She told me of her daughter who was 
elected mayor of a small town 25 min. from 

Jane Johnston Kent moved from 
Scarsdale, NY, to Whispering Pines, NC, 
because she was tired of shoveling snow. 
Her husband and her mother died a few 
years ago within 10 days of each other 
Jane has been dismantling the home where 
her mother lived since 1926. She's fasci- 
nated with reading letters and scrapbooks, 
all beautifully kept. Much of the memora- 
bilia has been donated to the Emma Willard 
School, which was very excited to receive 
records from a graduate of so many years 
ago. Jane's daughter has bought a house 
next door, and she reports some arrange- 
ment about a dog and delivery of coffee 
every morning. Could I have that right? 
Jane says our 60th reunion was "the most 
fun imaginable!" 

A call with Mary Barrett Robertson 
from Augusta left me with a warm feeling 
for friendship and shared experiences from 
over the years. Barrett still lives in her home 
of many years, still plays bridge. She bought 
a new car recently. She bemoans the fre- 
quency of funerals of friends, and promised 
she'd check on news of my roommate 
Suzanne Hardy Benson Suzanne lives in 
a nursing home, but I don't have enough 

information to check on her Martha Owen 
Thatcher, my neighbor whom I never 
see, tells me that she fell in her church 
parking lot and broke her hip last fall. She 
sounded fine and gets about with a cane 
and helpful caregivers. While reporting from 
Chattanooga, let me update you on your 
scribe's situation — I went to the hospital in 
Oct. with a sudden TIA and my good hus- 
band David stayed with me in the hospital 
only to develop a "bellyache," which lead to 
surgery for cancer of the colon. We spent 
a week in the hospital at the same time. 
That's the way to shake up one's family, 
friends, and church. But a few weeks have 
passed, and we've healed and have no 
immediate plans for either chemotherapy or 
treatment of the carotid aneurysms which 
may be the background for my TIA. We give 
heartfelt thanks! 

Conversation with our Southern 
gentlewoman Helen Elliott Sockwell 
in Huntsville, AL, where she lives with 
husband Warren and gives programs at 
the Huntsville Study Club, which was also 
was her mother's special interest. They 
have 1 5 horses to look after and we can 
only be envious that the Sockwell 's still 
have someone who comes in to prepare 
breakfast, A follow up call came from 
Diane King Nelson when she got back 
to Shreveport from visiting her daughter 
Felicia in Houston; we agreed that our 
children and grandchildren are the lights 
of our 80-plus-yr-old lives. Diane said she 
had communications with classmate Mary 
Jo Armstrong Berryman, a busy realtor 
in Fort Worth, over the possibility of going 
to our recent 60th reunion. We're sorry that 
didn't work out! 

Do you all remember our keeping up 
with Closey Faulkner Dickey with her 
tiny handwritten notes from all parts of the 
worid as she and husband Whit sailed the 
seas, raised a large family, served on com- 
munity boards, and suffered some physical 
down time? In spite of it ail, she returned 
my call with a lively voice. Closey has a bro- 
ken neck and was in a collar at the time of 
our call. She's still an avid duplicate bridge 
player and welcomes their married children 
to the Dickey's summer place on the ME 
coast. Their garden in Lebanon, NH, is a 
real showpiece and their standing in the 
community is highly regarded. Closey says 
she keeps in touch with Indie Lindsay 
Bilisoly in Norfolk. She doesn't travel much 
because her husband isn't well. 

Emilie Loftis Peters' husband, 
George, died in Kingsport, TN, in 11/08. 
And I've just received from SBC a listing 
of the deceased members of the Class of 
1948; we have lost 71 classmates, and 
there are 1 4 members whose whereabouts 
are unknown. 

This series of telephone calls has 
been fascinating, fun, heart warming, and 
encouraging. I've tried to reach more of 
you, but a deadline has arrived, and I must 

end this. I want each of you to call a class- 
mate and visit with her and discover how 
similar our current circumstances are — 
physical, financial, energy level, interests, 
and attitude. Hang on to your memories! 

Kpu^^-^o*^ ^009: 7/Ia^ 03,-3.^. 3.009 

Catherine Barnett Brown 
4 Pippins Way 
Convent Station, NJ 07961 

As you read these notes, you may pinch 
yourself in disbelief! We're about to cel- 
ebrate the 60th anniversary of our gradu- 
ation from Sweet Briar, and many of us 
are planning to return to campus in May 
to reminisce and share our various experi- 
ences. Do give some thought to joining us, 
as I'm sure we'll be treated like royalty! 
Meanwhile, here are a few notes to whet 
your appetite; 

Nancy Ellen Craig Preston was the 
subject of a big article with photos in the 
Boston Globe. She, like Ann Henderson 
Bannard, is a petite artistic genius produc- 
ing huge works of art. I'll have the clippings 
to show you at Reunion and trust the artists 
themselves will be with us. 

Larry Lawrence Simmons and 
Charies will be with us after a busy win- 
ter; their usual Puerto Rican cruise for 
Thanksgiving and family Chnstmas in 
OH. Larry delivers Meals on Wheels while 
Charles stays busy with church work. 

Preston Hodges Hill treated herself 
and 2 friends to a hot air balloon ride to 
celebrate her 80th birthday. Pres has also 
visited Katie Cox Reynolds and Phil in 
their new digs in Bloomfield. CT Pres and 
the Simmons plan to attend Reunion. 

Mary Fran Brown Ballard has been 
busy with the State Democratic Committee 
during the recent political campaign. She 
also enjoyed Homecoming at SBC, though 
the cardboard boat race, which Mary Fran 
usually starts, had to be held in the swim- 
ming pool this year Count on seeing Mary 
Fran and Don at Reunion. 

You'll see Walter Brown and me if all 
goes well. We're happily ensconced in our 
newly redecorated house (thanks to daugh- 
ter Becky and others) in Vero Beach and 
looking fonA/ard to a busy, no-snow winter 

Sorry to report the death last Jul. of 
Dr. Lucy Wood Saunders Lucy was 
head of the anthropology dept. at Lehman 
Coll. of the City U. of NY and had taught at 
Bard and Barnard Coll. The service in King 
William, VA, was attended by Caroline 
Casey Lindemenn and Kitty Hart Belew 
from Richmond They sat with Dot Rouse- 
Bottom who brought fresh figs and 2 cakes 
for the reception that followed, hosted by 
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Marilyn Hopkins Bamborough isn't 
sure about Reunion, but surely could get 
around campus since she walks along 
the shores of Lake Michigan to watch the 
sunset. Most of her children and families 
live near, daughter Sara visits from OH. Her 
great-grandchild is in kindergarten already! 

Judy Easley IVIak will be with us for 
our 60th, after spending a week in Sarasota 
this winter getting tan (and warm!). They 
plan to visit with Pat Brown Boyer in 
Winter Park. Judy still sells houses, even in 
this slow market! 

According to Ellen Ramsay Clark, 
Mag Towers Talman covered a lot of 
ground last Jun, en route to see her daugh- 
ter at Princeton, visiting Ruthie Garrett 
Preucel, Ellen, and Polly Plummer 
Mackle. Ellen isn't sure about Reunion 
since back problems limit her ability to 
travel, though she may join Dayton in taking 
their family to Snowmass this winter, just to 
watch and cook, 

Sally Ayres Shroyer is undecided 
about Reunion, but will come if she can. 
She's still teasing me about sending her 
and Lou to Cuba, when it was actually news 
from Sally Melcher Jarvis! 

Our versatile classmate Goodie Geer 
DiRaddo has published a wonderful 
cookbook loaded with recipes tor using a 
rice steamer, an essential cooking utensil 
in Charleston and elsewhere. Steaming 
in Ctiarieston has great photos of Goodie 
and her other many projects. It's selling 
like hotcakes at the Preservation Society of 
Charleston, and I trust she'll bring copies 
to Reunion for us to see or add to our own 

Tyler Harris, granddaughter of Libby 
Trueheart Harris, has been named a 
Jefferson Scholar at U.VA, the greatest 
honor the university bestows upon its 

Martha Query O'Dell and husband 
Harold "prop each other up like 2 playing 
cards!" They still walk and drive, but won't 
be able to manage Reunion. 

Walter Brown and I prop each other up 
too, but hope to attend Reunion if all goes 
well. My roomies, Alice Trout Hagan and 
Patsy Davin Robinson, will also be along, 
so you can see we'll have a great atten- 
dance. Do join us! 


Patricia Halloran Salvadori 
9 North Stratford Road 
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 

Wonderful news! In Aug. Sally Webb Lent 

Keat celebrated her 1 5th yr of retirement 
from teaching by marrying James Keat 
from near Harrisburg, PA. They met 8 
yrs ago in a senior continuing education 
program which he led. Sally and Jim live in 

the house where she has lived since '57. 
Congratulations to you both. 

To celebrate Virginia "Ginger" 
Luscombe Rogers' "big birthday" in 
May, she drove to VA to visit Lola Steele 
Shepherd, then on to Charlottesville to visit 
Anne Fiery Bryan '49. They took a day trip 
to SBC where Ginger was most impressed 
by the new Art Studio building. Many of the 
areas where she rode are still the same. 
"The move of Tusculum to the campus" 
interested her, as she has been involved in 
moving 2 early houses In Hudson, where 
she lives. She continued on to Richmond to 
pick up Mary Waller Berkeley Ferguson 
and drove to Rappahanock River, VA. There 
she met Waller's 2 sons and 3 of her 
grandchildren. On her return, she stopped 
in Annapolis to visit her older daughter. 
Summer took her to Europe to visit her 
other daughter and grandson (10). They 
were in London and East Anglia, a little vil- 
lage in Scotland, where they played 9 holes 
of golf on a rugged course. Finally they 
visited friends in St Paul de Vence, France. 
In fall, she conducted walking tours of 
Hudson's Architecture tor the U. School of 
Cleveland's students. That's a full life! 

Betty "B.G." Elmore Gllleland and 
Guy made a visit to Seattle and Portland 
and then cruised the Columbia and Snake 

Last Aug., Sally Bianchi sent a post- 
card from Scotland. She was travelling with 
her daughter and granddaughter. Starting 
in Glasgow, they went north to the Orkneys 
and down to the east side to Edinburgh. 
"Had a few wee drains of Scotch, even 
'wee-er' tastes of haggis." They saw lots 
of sheep, heather in bloom, and mountains 
which she didn't expect. 

Patricia Owens Purvis has been 
spending a lot of time in England and Wales 
where daughter Lisanne '78 and family live. 
In Oct., she celebrated friends' 50th wed- 
ding anniversary She keeps busy attending 
U.TX football games and travelling between 
U.AL and Wake Forest visiting grandsons. 
Following the advice of a good friend, Pat 
"tries to have some fun every day!" Good 
for us all. 

The 1st of Caroline "Bill" Bailey 
Fritzinger's grandchildren was married 
in Jun. "To say that it was a large Italian 
wedding is reduntant, but It was beauti- 
ful to see so many young people enjoying 

Anne Peyton Cooper and Jim are 
back in Summit. They stayed on Eleuthera 
from Jan. -May Jim didn't want to leave. 
She mentioned that Summit, with many 
Wall Streeters, is full of depressing conver- 

Lucy Kreusler Carey still teaches 
Polish at the Community Coll. of Baltimore 
County and Russian at the Berltz Language 
Center nearby. She takes French lessons too 
and wishes she spoke Spanish as she will 
be going to Argentina with a group in Jan. 

From Apr.-Oct. Dolly Clark 
Rasmussen plays a lot of golf. John often 
loins her for 9 holes. In Nov,, indoor ten- 
nis keeps her going! They and friends still 
enjoy playing music in 4 retirement homes. 
Dolly continues to work as Membership 
Chair for the local Republican Club. They 
travelled to Dallas for their oldest grand- 
daughter's wedding in May and will go back 
for Thaksgiving to be with her daughter and 
family All her grandchildren are "gainfully 
employed or in college." Dolly happily pro- 
vides meals and laundry service to a grand- 
son who is in his 3rd year at Annapolis and 
can now drive a car to visit them. 

Anne McNeer Blanken plays tennis 
several times a week. She volunteers at the 
church and the library In Oct., she attended 
homecoming at W&L where her grand- 
daughter IS a junior. While there, she talked 
to Louise Moore who is well. For her 80th 
birthday she and her youngest daughter 
celebrated in St, Barf's. In May, she's off on 
a cruise of the North Sea which includes 
Estonia, Russia, Finland, and ends in 
Copenhagen. Some months ago she talked 
to Jo Gulick Grant who was fine. 

Lola Steele Sheperd reported that 
Francis Martin Lindsay and Harvey had 
a nice cruise up the East Coast. Harvey's 
comment was "all you do is eat!" Jane 
Lewis Zollicoffer spent summer with 
her daughter in VA Beach. Edith Brooke 
Peyton, our class president, celebrated her 
80th birthday with her daughter in NY and 
then visited friends in Newport, Rl, Lola also 
talked to Bill B. who has a new well-trained 
sheep dog, but the sheep are frightened 
and scatter! Lola and Deedee are fine and 
ride their mares most days. 

We seem to be quite international. Our 
son teaches in South Korea and our young- 
est daughter in Rome. Our other daughter 
is now Midwest Trade Commissioner for 
the Canadian Consulate. I spend most of 
my time facilitating a Bible group, visit- 
ing a nursing home, and going to water 


Patty Lynas Ford 
2165 West Dry Creek Road 
Healdsburg, CA 95448 

Thank you all who have contributed to 
our notes. And special thanks to Jean 
Stapleton Hellier who kindly sent the 
obituary of Mary Emery Barnhill from 
the Syracuse Post-Standard. We've been 
concerned about Mary who died of cancer, 
7/24/08. This is a paraphrase from the 
obituary: "Mary Emery Barnhill, 80, of 
Cazenovia and Hilton Head, SC, died at 
Crouse Hospital. Born in Ann Arbor, Ml, 
she had resided in Cazenovia for over 40 
yrs. She attained her master's degree in 

social work from Syracuse University and 
was a social worker for various non-profit 
organizations in Madison County and Hilton 
Head for many years. She is survived by 
her husband Richard, 3 daughters, a son, 
a granddaughter, and a sister and brother. 
Private services were held and contributions 
were suggested for the American Cancer 
Society." If any of you wish to contact her 
family, please contact the Alumnae Office. 

Joan Warren Davis: I had a mini- 
mini reunion in Richmond in Jun. with 
Mary Pease Fleming and Rives and Ann 
"Shelly" Sheldon Campbell (My church 
choir was on "tour.") I loved staying with 
the Flemings. Rivo ferried me around to 
rehearsals and services and cooked divine 
breakfasts! Their daughter Kate was in 
charge of feeding us at St. Thomas. And the 
most fun of all was being with Mary and 
having lunch with Mary, Ann, and Carolyn 
Casey Lindemann '49. And did we talk! 
Also, I learned how to pronounce Powhite 
Highway... Thank you Rivo! 

Mona Wilson Beard: I, too, live in 
wine country — at least this area is trying! 
All is in a comfortable pattern here. I volun- 
teer still at Hospice and the UVA Children's 
Hospital with the dog. No classmates have 
been by to visit lately, so I have no news 
of others. This spring I visited my daughter 
in the Bay area and in Jun. we gathered 
in FL, where one of my husband's cousins 
lives, for a family reunion. There were 47 of 
us; we had a good week. It was in honor of 
Will's grandfather who was a missionary to 
China starting in the 1890s to 1930s. There 
were lots of family letters and pictures. I'm 
glad I don't have to store and protect them 
any more. All are being sent to Yale Divinity 
School, which is doing ongoing research on 
missionaries. There was a nice Sweet Briar 
coffee here, and I saw new students and 
families and met old friends. But I don't get 
over to visit the College. 

Anne Sinsheimer: You're so good 
to do this job. I don't have earth shaking 
news. In Mar., I went to Wichita, KS, for a 
grand-niece's wedding. In Jun., our local 
symphony orchestra performed in LA's 
Disney Hall. They featured music by a local 
composer, Craig Russell. I still do my bit of 
volunteering for our Symphony Guild and 
belong to knitting groups. I hope to stay 
healthy and go to a women's gym 2 or 3 
times a week, in addition to lots of dog 
walking. Our local Art Center sponsored an 
Aug. museum trip to San Francisco. I feel 
fortunate to have gone on that. The Women 
Impressionist exhibit was superb. I think 
that I wrote you before about my Oct. trip to 
Italy with the SBC group. It will be short, but 
should be fun and interesting. 

Katharine Phinlzy Mackie: I've 
moved to a retirement complex near 
Augusta and like it verKmuch. It's always 
nice to hear the class news. 

Mary Pease Fleming: On Oct.1 , 
Barbara Birt Dow and Bill made a stop- 

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over in Richmond on their way south. They 
visited grandson Robert Dow at UR and 
later we had a great catch-up dinner. 

Lynne McCullough Gush: i'm writing 
on Thursday, 9/18 because there is little 
else to do! Kensington Weimaraner and I 
rode out Ike in my good house with boarded 
windows, bottled w/ater, and enormous good 
fortune. My huge oaks still stand, although 
both adjacent neighbors lost theirs and 2 
doors up a tree fell into the house. Good 
neighbors with generators let me have ice, 
while good adult students helped remove 
the plywood window covers. I have the light 
of day! With some help, I've taken care of 
most of the debris, which lines the streets 
in all directions. We can no longer access 
the bayou because of some 20 ft of tree 
limbs piled everywhere. I noticed a storm 
sewer cover blown away, exposing a big 
bad hole. We walk elsewhere. Of course, 
there's no power, but we have water now, 
if no telephone. Even the land lines aren't 
functioning. Cell-phones are iffy. But! There 
is now blue sky; It's not too hot. We are 

Ann Benet Yellott; Nothing much new. 
I'm still riding my Andalusian (great fun!) 
and working with a therapeutic riding group 
and the local nature center. The only new 
thing is a Brittany pup who is a wondertui 
addition to the household. Everyone should 
get a puppy! 

Jane Moorefield: Jeanne Crawford 
Kean '49 and I drove to the Eastern 
Shore of MD to attend the wedding of 
our mutual niece's stepson. (Jeanne's 
sister was married to my brother). I was a 
little apprehensive about the whole thing 
because our relationship to the groom was 
so nebulous, and I hardly know him but off 
we went. When we got there we found out 
that the bride's mother and aunt were both 
SBC graduates, and they were the twin 
daughters of Ann Samford Upchurch '48. 
Jeanne and I both remembered "Sammie" 
so we made a hit. Both of the twins are 
M.D.s (Katherine Upchurch Takvorian '72 
and Virginia Upchurch Collier '72) and so 
are their husbands. It seemed like all of the 
guests were Sweet Briar grads with their 
doctor husbands. Several of them knew 
doctor friends here, so we had all sorts of 
connections and ended up having a great 
weekend. That's about the only thing of 
interest about me. I'm enjoying life play- 
ing golf and budge, doing church work 
and keeping busy with book clubs, I'll look 
forward to reading about our classmates. 
You're mighty good to do this! Thanks! 

Sue Lockley Glad: I expect that by 
now you've heard that we've learned about 
Mary Emery Barnhill's death from cancer at 
a hospital in Syracuse, NY, Mary and Dick 
lived in Cazenovia, NY for many years while 
Dick taught at the U, and they returned 
there summers even after they moved to 
Hilton Head and finally Bluffton, SC, My 
last Christmas card from her was a year 

ago; she didn't even mention that she had 
cancer so it was a big surprise to me. In 
that card she mentioned she was still work- 
ing and enjoyed hearing from everyone as 
Class Secretary! My last card was returned, 
I believe, and we (Joan Davis Warren, 
Jean Stapleton Hellier and Burge, and 
I) have been trying to turn up information 
since then. We've just returned from our 
summer at Black Butte Ranch in OR and 
are beginning to re-adjust to our southern 
CA lifestyle, which is very different. We had 
a good summer, visits from all the children 
and grandchildren (and dogs), lots of tennis, 
golf and swimming, I'll be Co-Chairman of 
the Huntington Library Art Gallery Docents 
this year (that means Chairman, next year!) 
so that will be a challenge, but fun and 
interesting as well. Wish I had taken Art 
History at SBC! We should have another 
West Coast gathering — are you up for that? 

Rosalie "Pinkie" Barringer 
Wornham: How great to hear from you! 
Happy memories of the time we spent walk- 
ing the beach at our 45th (?) "West Coast 
Reunion" in Monterey, You were wondertui 
to come down, and I wish your visit could've 
been longer, I'm not a "reunioner or a 
keeper upper," but have kept Sweet Briar in 
my heart since fall of '47, and we're all still 
18 yrs old! Pushing 80 is better than the 
alternative, but we've slowed down a little 
and it's ok. Not trooping the world anymore. 
We decided that 30 hrs of travel time from 
Zagreb, Croatia to LA in May was a great 
way to see the world one more time. Still 
have same old husband, finally managed to 
take off and keep off the 30 lbs I gained in 
30 yrs of the Admissions Office at Bishop's. 
Grandson Tommy IV graduated in May 
and now plays football (#2 quarterback) at 
Princeton; John (16) sophomore at Torrey 
Pines HS is also a football player. All 4 of 
Wendy's kids (13, 14, 16, 17) are at Milton 
Academy. They'll be educating children for- 
ever and probably on the Stanford/Harvard 
track. Cindy is risking in this wondertui 
economy to start her own public relations 
firm. Her father's risk-genes are alive and I 
hope well. We keep a very low profile. We 
deliver Meals on Wheels on Tues., I work 
the Altar Guild at St. James By The Sea, 
We walk 2 mi, on the beach every morning 
with our 1 0-year old Labrador (also getting 
rather creaky with arthritis), I swim 1/2 mi, 
every day in the Olympic size Bishop's pool, 
dig in the garden, belong to a book club 
with 6 retired AP English teachers, which 
keeps the little gray cells active. We read 
"good stuff" instead of the popular Patricia 
Cornwell that I love. We're in good shape, 
happy to be living in an all-paid-for house 
in La Jolla, take care of each other and 
hope "things" turn around. All our kids have 
jobs. That's the good news. Tommy III is 
regional senior vice president of Wells Fargo 
bank — 26 years right out of UC Berkeley, 
Wendy is a doctor, managing partner of a 
pediatric practice in Lexington MA, You're 

all in my prayers and wondertui memories. 
Stay well and keep moving! 

Ann "Shelly" Sheldon Taylor 
Campbell: My news includes the sad note 
that IVIary Emery Barnhill has died. Dick 
is back in Cazenovia, NY Bill and I have 
visited children this fall at Lake Keowee, 
SC, and in Columbia, SC, and Atlanta, GA, 
Otherwise all is quiet, relatively healthy 
and enjoyable. I see Rives Fleming (IVIary 
Pease Fleming's husband) every Monday 
when I help him with a little charity work, 
delivering fruit to about 100 people, give 
or take, for his church, and he reports that 
Mary is fit. 

Julie Micou Eastwood: We enjoyed 
a quiet summer at home and have no 
plans to travel although we talk about it on 
and off. It's wondertui having our children 
nearby so we see them occasionally, I do go 
on a few bird walks with friends and we still 
swim — easy but uneventful activities, 

Jean "Randie" Randolph Bruns: 
"She's continuing with the B & B, but 
things are in a state of transition as there 
is uncertainty regarding the future of The 
Anderson Cottage; none of the family at 
the moment has plans for it, Randie has 
put her name down at Kendal, a Quaker 
retirement community in Lexington, but with 
no definite date in mind. She is planning 
a Thanksgiving reunion for her children 
and those of her sister (Beverley Randolph 
Knight '46),"— From a telephone conversa- 

Patty Lynas Ford: This summer 
we celebrated our 55th anniversary and 
Dick's birthday with our family. We hired a 
boat and spent the day on Lake Sonoma, 
something we'd never done in all the time 
we've lived here. We also went on the Napa 
Valley Wine Train that goes very slowly for 
the short distance between Napa and St. 
Helena. The scenery is gorgeous and the 
food is delicious IVIona Wilson Beard's 
description of Will's missionary grandfa- 
ther's experience in China reminded me of 
a local friend whose grandfather had been 
head of the Shanghai YMCA at about the 
same time. I put Mona and Dede in touch 
with each other, and they found that there 
had been some connection between the 2 
men. Will's grandfather's papers went to 
Yale Divinity School (where Dick went) and 
my friend's grandfather's papers went to 
Yale U. We had lunch with Julie Micou 
Eastwood and Dick on a sunny day last 
week in a restaurant by the sparkling blue 
San Francisco Bay. This year we've had 
abundant crops of figs, plums, pluots, 
apples, peaches, and raspberries. The 
pears decided not to exert themselves, I've 
enjoyed corresponding with IVIary Pease 
Fleming about music. As my counterpoint 
and harmony workbooks had been lost in 
a move she very kindly sent hers to our 
daughter who has commissioned the build- 
ing of a Flemish harpsichord and needs to 
know more about music theory as only Mr. 

Zechiel could teach it. Thank you all again 
for writing. 


Patricia Layne Winks 
San Francisco, CA 94118 

I hope the news I've received from some of 
you is a reflection of the activities of more 
reluctant correspondents. Many of us con- 
tinue to volunteer within our communities, 
travel, and see each other along the way. 

Ann Whittingham Smith went to Ml 
for a family reunion to celebrate her broth- 
er's 80th birthday and his grandson's wed- 
ding. Eariier in the year she spent a month 
in FL. One day while there she walked by 
the tennis house and spotted IVIary John 
Ford Gilchrist! They had a fine time 
reconnecting. Ann had a delightful visit with 
Anne Hoagland Kelsey in Vero Beach. 
On a less upbeat note, Ann reported that 
Pauline Wells Bolton and Preston were 
without power for 2 wks after Hurricane Ike. 
Though their Houston home was spared, 
the woods nearby were devastated. 

Nancy Hamel Clark e-mailed me soon 
after her return from Mt, Airy, NO, where 
she and Blake participated in Maybenry 
Days. Son Jim continues to be involved in 
Mayberry related events and is working on 
another book about the Andy Griffith show. 
Nancy also went to Raleigh, where she saw 
Grace Jones Fischel at their St Mary's 
h. s. reunion. 

Benita Phinizy Johnson, whose 
husband Tommy passed away last year, 
has moved to a townhouse near her old 
home. She has recovered from difficult 
cataract surgery and is active again with 
20/20 vision! She and her daughter went 
on a Canbbean cruise last winter and plan 
another cruise together. She keeps busy as 
marketing assistant at the retirement home, 
archives chairman at her church, roster 
chairman for Colonial Dames and has 2 
weekly bridge games. 

Joanne Holbrook Patton is another of 
our ever-active alumnae. (That's no surprise 
to any of us!) Son Benjamin was married 
in Aug. to Michele Pauporte. Michele is a 
dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon; Ben 
is a producer of promotional videos and, 
most importantly, HesWng on Our Laurels, 
the video which was such a happy reminder 
of our Senior Show, Joanne received a visit 
from Susan Hill, daughter of Jacqueline 
Thornton Laramore (our Jackie, who 
passed away some years ago), Susan wel- 
comes hearing from any of us with reminis- 
cences of her mother. 

During the past year we lost 2 more 
classmates: Faith Wildes MacArthur and 
Susan Otis Thompson Susan had been 
in failing health for quite a long time, but 

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was able to stay till the end in the NYC apt. 
she and her beloved husband Jack shared 
for many years, 

Pat Beach Thompson Is soon to 
appear in a local production of Edward 
Albee's A Delicate Balance She is active in 
the Herb Society of America and organized 
the preparation of soup for over 200 people 
at their annual fair. Like Joanne Patton, she 
hosts an annual friend-and-tamily party at 
their farm. 

Nancy Morrow Lovell made another 
cross-country trip from WA to VA after 
reunion '07 to celebrate the 400th anniver- 
sary of Jamestown. (Nancy can trace her 
heritage to one of the Jamestowin found- 
ers.) She also went to London for 2 wks. 
When at home, Nancy keeps busy tending 
her beautiful 5 acres of land and admiring 
the local flora and fauna (including a bobcat 
on her porch). 

I too remain an ardent traveler. Earlier 
this year I visited South America for the 
1st time. I loved Buenos Aires, probably 
because it's so like a European city. I've just 
returned from a wonderful trip to Vienna, 
Venice, and Zurich. The weather was ideal! 
Now it's back to my job and planning my 
next trip. Recently I met Nancy Strosnider, 
SBC development officer. She brought 
me up-to-date on recent changes at the 
College; more students, a new dormitory 
in the works, and additional graduate pro- 
grams on campus. I hope you all maintain 
your connections to Sweet Briar, and not so 
incidentally, to me. I look fonA/ard to hearing 
from you by phone, snail mail, or e-mail. 

Mrs. Chester Apy 
67 Rivers Edge Dr 
Little Silver, NJ 07739 

Since most of us didn't have a chance 
to read all the comments our classmates 
shared in the 55th Reunion Album, I've 
gleaned some of them that I thought might 
be of interest. Here goes, from those who 
were unable to attend our 55th. 

From Sallie Gayle Beck; Her sig- 
nificant other at our 50th Reunion is now 
her husband. They've moved to Mexico, 
and she has immersed herself in the 
Mayan culture. Kim Green Stone's life 
still revolves around horses. She and her 
husband are still in the breeding business 
and, even while on vacation in Portugal, 
they took dressage lessons. Janet 
Hamllburg Churchill was elected to a 
2nd term on the City of New Castle (DE) 
Council. She published "From Delaware to 
Everywhere," a history of the New Castle 
Army Air Base and New Castle Airport. The 
book was named a 2008 national winner 
in the annual national Federation of Press 
Women's Communication Contest. It was 

awarded 2nd place In the non-fiction his- 
tory category after winning 1st place in 
DE in 2007. She has her own website: Check it out. Also 
having her own website is my roommate, 
Kay Amsden. She and her partner have 
published 4 books. Check out that website 
too at; GInnle 
Hudson Toone responded with some spe- 
cial memories of 1 st coming to Sweet Briar 
She wrote, "This was my 1st time away 
from the farm. What an awakening to have 
all these people to play with!" Ginnie went 
on to become a physicist/engineer, married, 
was widowed, and has now retired to her 
hometown of Carrolltown, MO. It just proves 
that some do go back to the farm. Jay 
Wells Rodgers mentioned that her Junior 
Year in France had a positive impact on her 
life. However, I don't think that contributed 
to her current past time. She's now occu- 
pied with building a house on Tom's ranch 
for the whole family to enjoy. It probably 
helps that Tom is an architect. 

Martha Black Jordan finally decided 
what she wanted to do when she grew up. 
She's now an Episcopal priest in Mexico. 
She enclosed for the album a photo of 
herself in her vestments, Shirley Rankin 
Dumesnil lives in Louisville near her sons; 
however, her daughter and family migrated 
to a town 5 mi. from my neighborhood, 2 
grandsons attend Middletown h, s,; the 3rd 
is a student at NY State U, (Shirley, we call 
it Rutgers,) Sadly Betty Moore Baker was 
widowed last year after 54 yrs of marriage. 
Her farm is now in farmland preservation. 
She notes that she has had the same 
address since Jun, '53 and asked whether 
she should get a pnze, (Betty, maybe the 
prize is not having to move,) 

News from some of us who attended 
Reunion; Like Betty, Kirk Tucker Clarkson 
is also an environmentalist. She chaired 
a group that stopped an oil refinery that 
was environmentally disastrous. She's now 
working to clean up the Chesapeake Bay 
and the Elizabeth River, A tall order, but pray 
for success. 

Quite a few of us have daughters-in- 
law and granddaughters who attended or 
are currently students at SBC, M.A. Mellen 
Root's daughter, Frances, is a member of 
the class of '80; one of her 3 sons mar- 
ried a member of the class of '83, and, if 
I remember correctly, her mother was also 
an alumna Katty Turner Mears' grand- 
daughter is a junior, Jane Perry Liles' son 
married a member of the class of '83, and 
daughter Perry, is a member of the class 
of '85 Maggie Graves McClung has 2 
granddaughters at SBC, one in class of '09 
and the other in '1 2. If there are others, let 
me know. 

Some of us have to travel quite a 
distance to see our grandchildren. Katsy 
Bailey Nager has 2 grandchildren in Brazil. 
At Reunion time, she was making prepara- 
tions for them to visit Chuck and her. Both 

Anne Joyce Wyman and Dale Hutter 

Harris have grandchildren in England. I'm 
sure there are more of you commuting 
grandparents out there that we haven't 
heard from. 

Last May, Dolly Wallace Hartman 
was planning an art exhibition with daugh- 
ter Mary for Oct. called "Hartman, the 
Elder and Hartman, the Younger," like the 
Holbeins and the Breughels. Dolly said they 
were pleased with the turnout and the won- 
derful reception that they got for the show. 
They even sold some paintings despite the 
sudden downturn in the economy. 

On a personal note, Jeanne Duff 
and I spent a wonderful 2 wks in Aug. in 
NM attending the Indian Market in Santa 
Fe and visiting nearby pueblos. West of 
Albuquerque we attended an annual feast 
day at the Acoma pueblo. Quite an experi- 
ence! Jeanne is a craft artist who collects 
pottery and folk art. I must tell you that the 
artisans in NM were much richer for her 
visit. Before I close, I have a suggestion 
and request. Would those of you who send 
Christmas letters please put my name on 
your list? It would be easy for you to do, 
and I'm sure your classmates would be 
happy to hear what you and your families 
are doing. 


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Bruce Watts Krucke 

Mrs. William Krucke 

7352 Toogoodoo Rd 

Yonges Island, SC 29449 

Always start with the sad things. Kay 
McLaughlin Patrick died in Jul. Our 
sympathies go to her family. The same for 
the family of Faith Aldrich Wycoff who 

passed away in Mar. They'll be listed in the 
Alumnae Magazine, and their names will be 
read at the Alumnae Memorial Service held 
during Reunion in the spring. 

I've been gleaning news from the green 
reunion forms that everyone received. But 
of the hundred or so sent out, I've received 
only 7 back! Surely we can do better than 
that. Special thanks to the ones who sent 
pictures too. The comments shared about 
what we remember and what we gained at 
SBC are heartwarming. I hope I get all the 
rest of the green forms as Christmas cards 
this year! They'll be put into a notebook for 
your perusal at our 55th REUNION in just a 
few months! 

Caroline "Kobo" Chobot Garner and 
Thom sent a wonderful Christmas letter in 
Jul. They've moved into Alexian Village, a 
retirement center in Signal Mountain, TN. 
They both use the fitness center for balance 
and strength exercises. Thom may have 
Parkinson's disease, but they still made 
their annual trip to MD and a spring trip 

through the southeast. Kobo and daughter 
Laurie took a trip to Edinburgh, St. Andrews, 
and London to celebrate their 45th and 
75th birthdays. Son Gailor completed his 
2nd tour in Iraq in Mar. and is now Assistant 
PMS&T at Liberty U. in Lynchburg. 

Mary Hill Noble Caperton and Tom 
Hughes are moving from his house in 
Philadelphia and her house in Chariottesville 
to an apt. in the Westminster-Canterbury of 
the Blue Ridge. Tom is in great demand as 
a speaker, and they've been to Stockholm, 
London, and Lisbon. He goes to lots that 
she doesn't too. Mary Hill did a neat 
thing — she was emailing Kobo a reply 
about what they were doing and copied 
me at the same time — an effortless way to 
send me your news — hint, hint. 

It was nice to hear from Ann Venable 
Rogers. She, like me, is a birder. One of 
her memories of Sweet Briar was remem- 
bering how hard it was to switch to an 
English saddle after growing up in TX. 
Mary-Anne Bowns Bell says Sweet Briar 
prepared her to run her family lumber busi- 
ness, and how to be the wife of a corporate 
president. She and Dan have 6 grandchil- 
dren too. Margaret Lotterhaus Smith 
and Ames had a wonderful trip to China in 
Sept. They have 9 grandchildren ranging 
in age from 29 to 6. 1 feel like such a piker 
with only 1 

Mary Jane Roos Fenn has 5 grand- 
children. She sent nice family pictures 
including one of herself, Maggie Mohlman 
Degler, and Faith Rahmer Croker at the 
75th birthday party her girls gave tor her. 
She had a wonderful trip to Greece with her 
best friend from h. s. 

Beverly Perry Smith Bragg Jeans 
writes glowingly of the 1 3 grandchildren 
she and John have with their combined 
families. Although they love traveling, they'll 
have to miss Reunion with 3 grandchildren 
graduating next spring. Bev still does a lot 
of writing and research. 

Congratulations to Anne Sheffield 
Hale for receiving the Chairman's Award 
from the Georgia Trust for Historic 
Preservation. This award isn't given every 
year, but is reserved for those individuals 
who the board feels are truly deserving 
of being recognized with top honors for a 
lifetime of work and dedication in the field 
of historic preservation. 

Helen Smith Lewis sent a nice article 
from the Richmond Times telling about a 
service to celebrate the life of Roger FH. 
Leclere, late husband of Martha Dabney 
Leclere. He's being honored for his work in 
restoring Pine Knot, Theodore Roosevelt's 
rustic getaway 2-story cabin in the woods 
of Albermarle County, VA. The Edith and 
Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation 
says that Leclere was critical in the saving 
and restoration. The cabin can be toured by 
appt. Martha taught Spanish at St. Anne's- 
Belfield School in Charlottesville after they 
moved to that area from Williamsburg. 

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Winter 2008/2009 • 39 

Helen enjoys auditing classes at Sweet 
Briar in art tiistory, history, English, and 
government. She was thrilled that she 
got to go to the Supreme Court with the 
government class. She says that the SBC 
teachers are very kind to old ladies. She 
and George bought a summer cottage on 
the Piankatank River at Gwynn's Island 
near Chesapeake Bay that the whole family 

Jerry Dreisbach Ludeke hasn't 
slowed down a bit. One of her projects 
is taking her grandsons one at a time to 
Intergenerational Elderhostels, She'll miss 
Reunion because she'll be on a freighter 
with only 1 or 2 other passengers going 
around the Pacific. The freighters have an 
age limit of 79, so she's quick doing it now. 
Jerry reminded me that we were the 1st 
class to put on a Freshman Show, and what 
a unifier it was for us as a class — one of 
the reasons we're all so close. 

I've seen Logan Bentley Lessona 
recently as she returned here to see her 
doctors. She's staying at a very nice house 
the hospital has for people who'll be here 
for a few weeks, and we had lunch in early 
Oct. and will again soon. Logan has bought 
a house in Jacksonville, NO, right across 
from her nephew who is stationed at Camp 
Lejuene. All her things arrived by boat from 
Italy and she is still settling in. While we 
were away in late Oct., Charleston had 
between 6 and 10 in. of rain in one day 
As you know, Logan used to be a freelance 
reporter and photographer for Time and 
Lite. She sent some photos of the flooded 
streets that she took at night from her room 
to the Charleston Post and Courier, and 
they put a very large one of them on the 
first page of the 2nd section with her byline. 
We're never too old, right! 

Bill and I didn't take any overseas trips 
again this year, but we visited friends in 
Newport Beach, CA — good time, but too 
crowded for us country folk. From there, we 
went to visit friends in Billings, MT — our 
kind of country. If it weren't for winter I 
could live there! We also went to another 
of my Yokohama h. s. reunions, this time 
in Kansas City. We traveled again with our 
classmates from Raleigh and continued 
on to Branson for some shows and then 
to Asheville, where we toured the Biltmore 
Estate. We spent a week on North Topsail 
Island, NC, with my sister ('44), and her 
family This is the 8th year we've done that. 
I have officially retired as a painter, have 
sold my partnership in the wonderful Pink 
House Gallery in downtown Charleston, and 
have become obsessed with photography. 
My art prints and photos are available in 
a special area for me on the 3rd floor of 
the Pink House. I love not driving into town 
twice a week, which was taking longer and 
longer as Charleston, like so many other 
places, outgrows its roads. I look forward 
to a deluge of green reunion forms for our 
notebook and to seeing you all in May '09! 

Kathryn Beard 
1074 Zanzibar Lane 
Plymouth, MN 55447 

Meredith Smythe Grider 
1307 Killiney Place 
Louisville, KY 40207 
mgrider761 © 

Martha Anne Clay Nichols 
3928 Old Brownsboro Road 
Louisville, KY 40207-1831 

Carol McMurtry Fowler 
Austin, TX 78703 


Jane Shipman Kuntz 
222 Irving Ave 
Dayton, OH 45409 


Mary Ballou Handy Ballentine 


12 Ellensview Circle 

Richmond, VA 23226 


I, Tabb Farinholt, am reporting for Mary 
Ballou who as of 9/13 became Mrs. John 
Williams. See above for her new contact 
info. She successfully sold her house and 
moved out — a monumental job: deciding 
what to take, what to pass to descendants, 
and what to give away, etc. I'm sure you 
can imagine the enormity of that undertak- 
ing. Both John and Mary Ballou suffered 
some consequent back problems, prob- 
ably connected to the physical demands 
of the move, but they are happily settled. 
Since she says she knows where nothing 
is, I volunteered to report on some of the 
responses I received regarding our upcom- 
ing BIG Reunion and other news gleaned 
over summer and fall. 

First, I had a great response about 
the trip to Poplar Forest and depending on 
how many husbands attending, we may 
take 2 buses. (Over 30 positive responses!) 
I've collected some great pictures for the 

video — not a great many, but enough to 
put something together we'll all enjoy If, 
over the winter months you find yourself 
going through albums and find some good 
pictures from our time together there, 
please send. I'll scan them for a DVD (not 
by myself! I have a guru lined up.) 

Two classmates say they're sad they 
can't attend. 

Virginia Merchant Noyes wrote, Tve 
moved too much to have memorabilia. I 
won't be able to attend the great event. 
I did enjoy a brief reunion at the 45th as 
did Tom who just died this summer after 
a brave battle with pancreatic cancer I'm 
numb, living and partly living as T S. Eliot 
said when not hurrying us up. We send 
Virginia Noyes our deepest sympathy 

Virginia Ramsey Crawford wrote: 
"Somewhere I have old photos from SBC 
days but they're buried. When dear hus- 
band Mac died I moved from a 5-bedroom 
house to a smaller place in Redding Ct." 
She described a "locker" for storage where 
albums are and did find me some photos 
from our 30th. She wrote of many wonder- 
ful memories of our time at SBC and of 
the reunion when she brought Mac. She 
said, "I have to smile when I remember 
that reunion. We stayed in the dorm; Mac 
had to share a bathroom with women. He 
was mortified and had to get up at 5:30 
a.m. to shower and shave." We extend our 
sympathy to Virginia. I wrote back to her 
that I remember him that year too, looking a 
bit startled (probably sleep-deprived) as our 
raucus classmates carried on until the wee 
morning hours, so much so that the class of 
1964 asked the Alumnae Office never to be 
put near us again. (And we were suppos- 
edly the silent generatiorf?) 

You will each have heard from a class- 
mate about the class gift and of course 
you've gotten the letter form Betsy Smith 
White, Barbara Sampson Borsch, and 
Ann Young Bloom about the exciting, 
inspiring, generous challenge gift we must 
match. Just do what you can: participation 
is important because many foundations ask 
about that. Six of us went to Homecoming 
to get ourselves ready for the challenge 
(I joined Betsy Duke Seaman. Betsy 
Smith White Barbara Sampson Borsch 
Tricia Coxe Ware, Snowdon Durham 
Byron). We were thrilled at the students' 
voluntary participation in the event, in the 
obvious high morale on campus, the data 
on enrollment, the great news on gradu- 
ate study, fellowships won, and grants. 
President Muhlenfeld spoke at convocation, 
her words aimed primarily to students, who 
clearly hold her in affectionate high esteem. 
A lover of Sweet Briar's history to which 
she often refers, she told the students 
of rules in the Handbook in days of yore 
(the ancient '50s!), and even spoke of the 
pledge to observe at a// times "Good Taste 
and Good Judgment" (at which time many 
of us chimed in to the students' delight! ) 

They laughed and laughed at the outdated 
strictures. But what I always come away 
with from my visits back there (physical and 
mental) is just how very lucky we were. 

One of us was on her way to an event 
in CA, but had to have the details wrung 
out of her Barbara Sampson Borsch 
recieved a Doctor of Humane Letters, 
honoris causa at the Church Divinity School 
of the Pacific. A page-long description 
of all she has done was included in the 
program. I quote in part: "Barbara's interest 
in theological education continued through 
a 6-year term on the Episcopal Church's 
Board for Theological Education where 
she chaired a project on recruitment of 
the ordained ministries of the Church... 
Long active in the support and program of 
St. George's College, Jerusalem, she was 
for many years a member of St. George's 
North American Regional Committee. . .An 
Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Center 
of St. Paul, Diocese of Los Angeles, she is 
remembered with fondness and gratitude 
for her many contributions to the work of 
that diocese." And I've selected only a few 
of her activities and laurels here. 

Lastly, a remarkable story of the arrival 
of grandchildren Judy Sorley Simpson 
reported on 11/25, "Last Fn. Chhstopher's 
wife, Sophia, gave birth to a 91b, 9oz baby 
boy in NJ. Kep and I raced up to see them 
for the weekend, leaving Jim here in Atlanta 
to be with Cam. This morning, Mon., as 
we were packing to return here to Atlanta, 
Cam's chemistry went haywire and they 
decided to do a C-section immediately. Kep 
and I barely gol our flight and a cab straight 
to the hospital and managed to have 3 min. 
with Cam before she was whisked off to 
the OR where she gave birth to twin boys, A 
and B, and a little girl, C..." Yes, that's right, 
Judy's daughter Cam gave birth to triplets 
whose names I don't know yet. Judy has 
been with Cam in Atlanta for about 2 mos. 
as they hung on to keep the babies in utero 
for as long as possible. 

I wish I had more news for you, but 
keep them all in your prayers; as you are 


Lura Coleman Wampler 
Little Place Farm 
1406 Thomas Rd 
Wayne, PA 19087-1318 


Mrs. Jean A. Sharland 
1724 Aberdeen Circle 
Crofton,MD 21114 

40 • Winter 2008/2009 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Class president Louise Cobb Boggs 

speaks for many when she wonders why 
people think they'll have free time after 
retirement. Between grandchildren (4, 6, 
9), committees, roving between 2 houses 
and occasional travel, she doesn't know 
where time goes. She and John went with 
friends to Vancouver, B.C., to a wonderful 
condo harbor side and enjoyed a view of 
fireworks on Canada Day. They made day 
trips around Vancouver Island and enjoyed 
the sights. Son Jay, a lawyer and restorer 
of older homes, is pursuing an LLM degree 
in advanced real estate development at U. 
of Miami and Is Interning with the Related 
Group in Miami. The course work Is worse 
than law school and taking the Bar com- 
bined Mary Denny Scott Wray rejoices in 
good family and personal health, including 
her 44-year-young son, doing well after a 
hip replacement. She continues activities 
with the Richmond Symphony, being on 
the board and the search committee for 
a new music director, as well as attend- 
ing rehearsals and concerts and working 
In the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. In 
spring, she hopes to go with the Symphony 
to Berlin and Paris. Her best time is with 
family. One family is In Richmond (2 grand- 
daughters), 1 In NYC (2 grandsons), and 1 
In Mystic, CT (1 of each). She and Emily 
Fitzhugh went to Costa Rica and did 
the "zip line tour and everything else we 
could," learning a lot. Fran Brackenridge 
Neumann, after finishing national duties 
with the Garden Club of America, toured 
Costa Rica and cruised the Caribbean with 
Rick. Next summer it's the North Sea. A 
kitchen remodel tested their serenity levels, 
but they enjoy the result. Both continue 
to volunteer in the community. For most 
of last year, Sara Finnegan Lycett and 
Ike lived In a construction site, tearing 
off the old kitchen and replacing It with a 
larger one and a bath and laundry room 
above on the 2nd floor. She loves the extra 
space. The original part of their house was 
a 1 -room log house. Over the years, that 
room became a 2-story building with a 
stone section. Pennsylvania's 1st Senator, 
James Ross, elected in 1 788, was born in 
her Ross House. A 1st step In putting on the 
addition was breaking through the logs of 
the original house. They salvaged much of 
the lumber and their cabinet maker turned 
It into a beautiful wooden vanity for the new 
bathroom. "Talk about re-cycling." 

Brad and Bee Newman Thayer 
enjoyed Homecoming at SBC In Sept.. and 
Bee noted the big change was continu- 
ing construction of the new Fitness and 
Athletics Center. "It will a wonderful benefit 
to the health and activities of our whole 
community." The family is well, and they 
do see their children "fairly often," though 
they're busy with their own lives. Early fall 
was beautiful, and by mid-October, the tops 
of the White Mountains had their 1st snow. 
In late fall, with long time friends, they had 

an "educational adventure," trip to India. 
Penny Stanton IVIeyer still substitutes "to 
keep In touch " at the school from which she 
retired. Having departed VT in Dec, Penny's 
visiting friends on MD's Eastern shore. 
Anne Worboys Busl<e's Washington 
daughter Rachel received a substantial 
raise and was named "head" of her group 
at a private consulting firm, Bearing Point. 
Anne visits fairly often. Daughter Dana 
and husband Michael are busy with twins 
Benjamin and Clara (2 Vi), growing and 
talking a lot now. Anne and Neil spent a 
week on Cape Cod with them last sum- 
mer. She still works part time at Cashel 
House, where she's been for 10 yrs. She 
and Nell continue to attend the symphony, 
Syracuse Stage, and movies, usually at their 
former neighborhood theatre. Last summer, 
they went to both family re-unions. Nell's 
took place in the Adirondacks and hers In 
Honeoye Falls near Rochester. Both were 
fun; they saw relatives they hadn't seen 
in years. Yearly usually In Jan., Dick and 
Faitli Bullis IVIace cruise to the Bahamas 
and have been joined on board by British 
friends. Last year the Maces traveled to 
England and stayed with them for 10 
days. They "took us all over southwestern 
England and introduced us to the Devon 
'Ho.'" Last Feb., Faith had a mini-reunion 
with sister Starr '60, her brothers and their 
spouses. Every year they try to make time 
to see each other since time Is precious. In 
Aug. they drove to CT, MA, and ME where 
they visited Dick's sons and their families 
and her ME brother and enjoyed several 
lobster dinners. They spent the fall back 
In FL, of course fishing, before returning 
to PA for the holidays. To keep up with the 
"grands," Faith plays tennis 3 days a week 
and bicycles at least 2. If classmates are In 
the St. Petersburg area, the Maces would 
love to have visitors. Also In St. Petersburg, 
Suzie Phllion Babcock and Huston flew to 
Lucerne to bring home a granddaughter 
who'd visited friends there for the sum- 
mer. They spent a week on the beach near 
Merida, staying with some dear Mexican 
amigos. Suzle will "be lucky if I ever get 
Huston through another airport security 
ritual " Nancy Coppedge Lynn and Jerry 
"stopped by for a quick visit to our ranch 
and are just as much fun In the country as 
in the city." Nancy also enjoyed the visit, 
and reports "They both look wonderful." 
Last summer, the Lynns returned to spend 
3 y-2 months at Mere Point, ME. They took a 
side trip and found Quebec City charming. 
Along with her golf, reading, and boating, 
Nancy "became addicted to playing maj 
jongg; Suzle plays too 

Bob and Linda MacArthur Mollis sold 
their CT home and moved to western NC 
full time. They miss their son and 2 teen- 
age granddaughters, but are joyfully close 
to their daughter and her Connor (7) and 
Erin (4 V2). They became Involved in church; 
Linda Is a Stephen Minister and Leader, a 

newly elected Deacon, and member of 2 
Bible study groups. She's a hospice care 
volunteer and book club member, and 
plays in a ladies' golf group weekly. Bob 
volunteers weekly, building with Habitat for 
Humanity, and they dine with 2 newcomers' 
groups. Oct, brought a week viewing and 
photographing polar bears In Arctic Canada. 
In Nov., the North Carolina grands and 
their parents joined Bob and Linda for a 
week of Disney Worid, Epcot Center and 
Sea World. Linda looked forward to a 
Cirque du Solell show. 

Our Georgians checked In. Tread and 
Winifred Storey Davis' youngest son 
Gordon moved from Nashville back to 
Atlanta in Jul., so all of their family Is within 
2 y? hrs from them. Their oldest grand- 
child Is applying to coll. Margaret Storey 
Wasson's daughter Win moved from CO 
back home in May, so both children and 
her grandsons (6, 4) are In Atlanta. Win 
and daughter-in-law Margaret teach and 
son Andrew Is with BabiesRUs. Stephanie 
Barutio Welch and Mike live on their mini- 
ranch, caring for their remaining horses 
and not missing work. They've given up 
showing horses; their new hobby is attend- 
ing races. They've cheered In CA and FL as 
well a few trips to KY They spend time with 
their 5 grandchildren, ages 9 to 25. Celia 
Williams Dunn spent a fall weekend at 
the SBC Friends of Art Board meeting In NY 
Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss and Patsy 
Carney Reed '62 were also expected. Cella 
and Larry continue to operate Celia Dunn 
Sotheby's International Realty and will be 
happy to help anyone moving to Savannah 
or Hilton Head purchase a home. Larry 
and Celia welcomed 1st grandchild Mary 
Caroline Dunn "MIml," a beauty, born In Jul. 
to Laurence and Alice Dunn In Jacksonville. 
FL. "New grandson Nathaniel Trent Jones 
Is a cutie. " is Claiborne Smith Jones' big 
news from last year. 

Lou Chapman Hoffman's years of 
work at the Historic New Orieans Collection 
have resulted in a book scheduled for 
publication in Mar. by The Collection. 
"Josephine Crawford: An Artist's Vision" Is 
Lou's biography of an artist who painted in 
New Orleans in the '20s, '30s, and '40s. 
"Josephine Crawford" is the 3rd publication 
In the collection's Louisiana Artist Biography 
Series and will include more than 70 paint- 
ings and drawings by Crawford, works by 
Andre Lhote, under whom she studied in 
Paris, and images from the days of the 
Influential Arts and Crafts Club that was In 
the French Ouarter. 

Our Princeton librarian, Julie O'Neil 
Arnheim, says that last "summer closed 
down my chemistry library and moved staff 
and print materials Into a newly constructed 
library. My old library was the best of the 
old, with oak paneling and beautiful arches, 
but the new Is better than I'd anticipated, 
full of light and color. I'm the 2nd-oldest 
librarian on staff. I just don't know when 

to hang up the career!" Her children thrive. 
Leiia works for the Chicago Tribune, Patrick 
is shooting Law & Order, and Richard 
moved to Indianapolis where he got to 
take actuarial exams for his new job. Bill 
and their 2 Pekes occupy their retirement 
home In Charleston, SC, and Julie and their 
retriever live In university housing with a 
fine garden. Julie does visit Bill. 

Judy Greer Schuiz got "the royal 
treatment" from children and grands to 
mark her 70th birthday 

Susan Cone Scott's life is pretty 
serene in Chariottesville. In Jul. she 
enjoyed a lovely visit to Orcas Island in 
Washington. She and a group of women 
spent an Oct. week on Martha's Vineyard. 
Children Alexandra and Frederic gave a 
large house party In anticipation of her 70th 
birthday. They celebrated with friends and 
family, ages 4 mo. -80, from all over the 
country. From the far west, Patti Birge 
Spivey enjoys the annual Sweet Briar Day 
luncheons In San Francisco. From way 
east. Sue Bell Davies sends greetings 
from Cardiff. She has 4 grands, all quite 
close. She travels a lot, does patchwork and 
quilting, and paints. She's active with the 
Rotarlans' Inner Wheel, does a lot of charity 
work and raffles her quilts. With a sister 
In Denver, she's in the States quite often, 
having visited Patti Anderson Warren In 
CA. With her new hip (she's on the National 
Health Service list for another), she under- 
took a sponsored trek on the Inca trail in 
aid of Womankind, then visited their work 
in Bolivia. Next she returned to Costa Rica 
for a month's holiday, having volunteered 
to teach English there for a month last 
year. Last Jun., the Government of Taiwan 
invited Alicia Laing Salisbury and 9 
other members of the Republican National 
Committee to participate In the Inauguration 
of their new president. She completed her 
term on the RNC following the Republican 
Convention, is eageriy spending her fall and 
winter replacing her political activities with 
philanthropic and community Interests. In 
Nov., she and John spent 2 spring weeks 
In Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, and Brazil. 
Many classmates said, "Take care, all," and 
rejoiced in their good fortune. As Alicia said, 
"I feel so lucky to be busy by choice." 


Parry Ellice Adam 
33 Pleasant Run Rd 
Flemington, NJ 08822 
momadi © 

Ginger Borah Slaughter sent a note 
featunng her 1840s log cabin home in the 
heart and beauty of the Appalachian Mts. 
In Highlands, NC. She serves on the town's 
planning board and also on the board of 2 
free health clinics, which she helped start 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Winter 2008/2009 •41 

3 yrs ago. The only thing that is retired is 
her pay check! Son David and Jodie live 
in Washington, D.C— a pleasant trip on 
Amtrack from Atlanta. 

Effie Castelli Sammis wrote in Jun. 
that they sold their home in Rancho Santa 
Fe, CA, and moved to Sun Valley where 
they've had a 2nd home for yrs. They can 
now ski, bike, hike, and enjoy all the area 
has to offer, relieved from all the volunteer 
obligations of their previous life. Their chil- 
dren and 6 grands love to visit ID. 

Mary Hannah is still on the faculty at 
the U. of Detroit Mercy. She stepped down 
from directing the School of Psychology 
Program to do more teaching and inter- 
acting with students. She teaches both 
undergraduate and graduate students and 
incorporates online activities. Respite from 
a long Ml winter was a Caribbean cruise. 
She also presented at conventions in San 
Francisco and Boston. She still does gene- 
alogy and is a decent at Greenfield Village, 
part of the Henry Ford. 

Julia Shields and a friend led a pil- 
grimage to the Island of lona, Scotland, last 
fall. She also spent time at Pawley's Island, 
SC, and at Shrine Mont, an Episcopal 
Church retreat center in VA. 

Sandy and I attended a lovely reception 
for Betsy Muhlenfeld at Elizabeth Wyatt's 
('69) home in Summit. We will certainly 
miss Betsy, but wish her the best in her 


Jane Goodridge 
31-CArchdale Street 
Charleston, SC 29401 

Ann Clute Obenshain s update was 
received too late for the last issue, but she 
wrote in Apr that she just returned from the 
Bahamas after spending 6 mo. on a 41 ft. 
sailboat, her 3rd season of many adven- 
tures and challenges sailing the Bahamas 
and PL Keys with her dear friend Don who 
she dated after SBC and grew up with. They 
"reunited" 6 yrs ago and have been having 
a wonderful time ever since! Ann retired in 
'05 after 20 yrs in education and when not 
on the boat splits her time between KY and 
upstate NY where she has a family cottage 
on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes district. 
Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, 
reading, and volunteer work. She has 2 
lovely daughters— Liza, a graduate of the 
U. of Miami who lives in Louisville and 
works as a victim's advocate in the field of 
domestic violence, and Meg, a graduate of 
Skldmore who has lived in Paris for 1 yrs 
and works for France Home Finance. Ann 
spent the summer in KY and NY and plans 
to sail out of Amelia Island, GA, this fall. 

Just under the wire was an email from 
Barby Rockefeller Bartlett who said she 

was sorry not to get back for Reunion. Her 
2 sons each have 2 children: David and 
Beth's Anna (4) and Thomas (1 Vi) and 
Jonathan and Paige's Gavin (4) and Brody 
(2). All live close in the Washington area so 
the cousins are good friends — a joy for a 
grandparent to see! Jonathan and Paige are 
expecting their 3rd in Apr Barby and John 
had a wonderful visit with Gin! Joachim 
Baldwin and Gary in Santa Fe last spring 
and noted that it's amazing how the years 
evaporate when old friends get together 
She and John were able to travel to Ireland 
in Aug., a real learning experience and full 
of beauty, poignant moments, and laughter 

Betsy Parker McColl and Jim were 
thrilled to welcome their 1 st grandchild on 
Oct. 2. Frances Carroll Liles, named for 
Jim's mother, has stolen their hearts! She 
says that being a grandmother is even bet- 
ter than advertised. They're only a 1 J^ hour 
drive from Charlotte where their daughter 
lives so they pay frequent visits. Mary Lou 
Morton Seilheimer and Charles have 2 
new grandchildren. On Apr 17, Charies and 
Nora (son and daughter-in-law) had baby 
Henry Langhorne Seilheimer, and Anne and 
Josh (daughter and son-in-law who live 
in Geneva, Switzerland) had baby Louisa 
Morton Prentice on May 21 . Mary Lou's 
new volunteer job is as president of the 
Boys & Girls Club of Orange (VA), which she 
says is a great little club. 

Julia Arnold Morey wrote that they 
welcomed great-granddaughter Parker 
into the world, 8/1 — a beauty, of course! 
Their 2nd oldest granddaughter Casey (24) 
was married 10/11: since she and her 
fiance are commissioned lieutenants in the 
Marines, they had swords and the whole 
bit! They hope to be posted to Okinawa. 
Julia said that they took their granddaugh- 
ters to Philadelphia this summer and spent 
some time in Block Island as they do every 

Lynn Carol Blau and Jeffery are 
still in their West Hartford, CT home and 
spend a lot of time in their NYC apt. This 
summer, they took a remarkable trip to 
Macchu Pichu and the highlights of Peru, 
which she highly recommends. She and 
Jeffrey are busy visiting their children and 
grandchildren — Elizabeth lives in Las Vegas 
and Alexandra moved to Snowmass, CO, 
where she and her husband are working at 
the Anderson Ranch Art Center 

Katharine Blackford Collins and 
John volunteered for the Obama campaign 
in western CO for 2 weeks. They plan to 
spend a week at Thanksgiving with son 
Doug, his wife Amy, and grandson Silas (1) 
in Seattle before returning to Mexico for 6 
mo. to get back to volunteer projects there. 
They've had a nice summer and fall with 2 
long backpacking trips, innumerable day- 
hikes, and a beautiful day of cross-country 
skiing thanks to a 2 ft. snowfall in mid Oct. 

After 2 '•h mo. in CO Allie Stemmons 
Simon and Heinz are back in Dallas. On 

Oct. 2 they hosted a reception at their 
house for the Dallas/Ft. Worth alumnae 
honoring Betsy Muhlenfeld on her "farewell 
tour." Allie is going to attend the Nov. board 
meetings as an "emerita trustee" and is 
looking forward to being on campus for 
the 1st time since Reunion She'll spend a 
little time with Lisa Wood Hancock and 
Pete and get caught up with them and her 
various Lynchburg friends. Right now she's 
up to her ears in the organizing process 
for her 50th h. s. reunion next Apr, good 
practice for our own 50th in 201 3, which 
will be here before we know it! No major 
travel until 1 1/09 when, if all goes as 
planned, her dream trip to Australia and 
New Zealand will come true. 

Meanwhile in Lynchburg Lisa spends as 
much time as she can with their 3 grand- 
children and plays a lot of duplicate bridge. 
She's getting pretty good! She works for 3 
mo. a year doing income tax returns. She 
and Pete went with her sister Katie '65 and 
her husband to AK this summer — a great 
trip planned beautifully by Allie Simon! 

Margaret Millender Holmes says 
SBC is still influencing her life. After getting 
so much encouragement at Reunion while 
riding around that most magnificent cam- 
pus she leased a horse! So much to learn, 
but it does make her feel (almost) young 
again. She hopes that everyone else is also 
having something wonderful happening in 
her life! 

Katherine Haskell Subramanian had 
a relaxed summer working in their garden 
where she specializes in native plants to 
encourage wildlife. Several years ago they 
planted a wildflower meadow; she loves 
watching the bees, wasps, birds, toads, 
rabbits, chipmunks, and other critters that 
are attracted to their yard. They went to 
Snowbird, UT for a week of hiking in Aug. 
and now she's back singing in her choral 

My request for news caught Stevie 
Fontaine Keown and Mark on their way 
out the door to southern Africa! They're 
planning to have quite an adventure, so 
stay tuned! Stevie says all is well with them 
including their granddaughter (5 mo.) who 
was born during Reunion; she's thriving, 
and when Stevie is with her she makes sure 
she is dressed in her SBC tee shirt. 

Mary Ann Utterback Burritt was 
here in Charleston taking care of her grand- 
son Jonathan while her daughter Sherry 
took a much-needed vacation in Santa Fe, 
NM. We had lunch together one day and 
what a special time it was! 

I'm keeping busy with a Spanish course 
at the Coll. of Charleston and an exercise 
program as well as composing the class 
notes. Thanks to all who responded for this 
issue and please keep in touch! 



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Virginia "Ginny" de^uys 
H16 Shirley Lane 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 

We've had 2 wonderful mini reunions 
in recent months. The 1st was at Anne 
Day Herrmann's in NY on 9/12 and the 
2nd at SBC for Homecoming. In NY the 
group included: Anne (hostess), Anne 
Litle Poulet Hedi Haug White, Ashton 
Barfield. JoAnn Soderquist Kramer. 
VM Del Greco Galgano. Mary Fitzhugh 
Miller Linda Lee McAndrew Jean 
Walker Campbell, Margie Fleigh Kala, 
Donna Pearson Josey, Nelie Clarke 
Tucker, and me (Ginny). Most everyone 
saw someone they hadn't seen since 
graduation. You'll find a picture of all of us 
except Jean Walker and Linda McAndrew in 
the mini reunion section of the magazine. 
JoAnn, VM, and Ginny were joined 
at Homecoming by Claire Hughes 
Knapp, Grace Mary Garry Dates 
Tuck Mattern Harvey Lynne Smith 
Crow Mollie Johnson Nelson. Sheila 
Carroll Cooprider, and Nancy Gillies 
Unfortunately at the last minute, Susie 
Glasgow Brown and Beebe Boiling 
Downs were unable to come and greatly 
missed. The picture (in "Mini Reunions") is 
missing Tuck Harvey; she escaped before 
we took the picture. The courtyard outside 
Prothro had a clear tent with lanterns hang- 
ing inside, which was lovely on Sat. night. 
This was billed as a party for President 
Muhlenfeld to salute the legacy of great 
work she leaves with Sweet Bnar We saw 
the foundations of the new fitness center 
and the location of the apartments being 
built for upper class students. 60 apart- 
ments are due to be ready by next fall. 
Some of your favorite parlors have been 
temporarily turned into dorm rooms to 
provide space. Remember the Music Box? 
It once again is a home for students. The 
new spaces are much needed as enroll- 
ment is exceeding capacity. It was fun to 
see the Pink Shoe up close! (The Pink Shoe 
is SBC's entry in the Red Bull Soap Box 
Derby.) I stayed Sun. night and at lunch 
visited with several sophomores (who were 
not slumping) including Katlyn James, 
one of the drivers of the Pink Shoe. I also 
sat in on a presentation by Sweet Briar 
and Lynchburg Coll. business students to 
local businesses. It was great to meet the 
sophomores and see the new business 
program in action. These gals are serious, 
focused, and fun. We talked a lot about 
reunion and how much we hope to see all 
of you in May. We've all grown up to be 
very interesting people — you're likely to 
meet someone "new." In today's parlance, 
let's "friend" each other the old fashioned 
way — in person! 

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Sally Hubbard 
52 Sherwood Trail 
SewaneeTN 37375-2166 

Abby Starke Baird acknowledges that the 
bell is ticking and within the next few years 
she will join the unemployed! She had a 
happy/sad summer. Daughter Abby was to 
be married in Aug., but her fiance's mother's 
brain tumor made it impossible for her to 
attend. The wedding was moved to mid- 
Jul. at the hospice in CT. It was a beautiful 
event on Long Island Sound with all parents, 
siblings, Aunt Gray Baird '62 and a few 
close friends in attendance. 

Vicky Thoma-Barrette sent an update 
tor the first time! She says being retired 
makes it easier She retired from Baystate 
Health in Jun, after 37 yrs in health care 
administration. The 1st mo. of retirement 
was an adjustment; she continued working 
a couple of days a week in order to finish up 
projects she didn't get completed before, as 
well as to spend some additional time with 
the manager who took over her practice. 
Aug. was better; she left everything behind 
to take a few short trips in New England 
with her husband. It was nice to travel mid- 
week and miss some of the crowds. They 
bought a condo in Portsmouth, NH, a couple 
years ago. It's been rented, waiting for her 
retirement. Their current home in West 
Springfield, MA, was put on the market in 
Jul. with hopes of a sale and relocation over 
the summer or fall. As everyone is aware, 
they missed the boat and got caught up in 
the housing market/financial downturn. They 
extended the tenant's lease until next spring 
and will take the house oft the market until 
then in hopes things will settle down. Travel 
occupies Vicky and her husband for the next 
few mo. with Quebec City, Daytona, FL, and 
Costa Rica on the calendar Skiing follows 
for the winter Nancy MacMeekin and 
Vicky continue to take 1 ski trip together out 
west each spring and already have a deposit 
on a trip to Lake Tahoe for fvlar They'll 
return to a wonderful ski spot that they hope 
will have as much snow as when they went 
there in '95. Best wishes to all our Sweet 
Briar colleagues. 

Alice Mighell Foster Ficken and 
Chuck enjoy their 6 grandchildren 
(8 mo.-8 yrs). On 10/4 they were in Linville, 
NC, to celebrate the wedding of Aline 
Rex McEvoy's daughter and enjoyed a 
mini-SBC reunion. This summer in Linville, 
she also had a nice visit with Mary K. Lee 

Scribble Heusten regrets that nothing 
of note is going on. Get a copy of V\sms 
(SBC Friends of Art newsletter), and you'll 
see a news-brief of Molly Gwinn's exciting 
life. Also, Elvira Tate is successfully herding 
the SBC alumnae in Atlanta. (She's got 

Scribble's daughter-in-law, Kimberley '92, 
working like a beaver on fundraising). 

Sally McCrady Hubbard reminds you 
to add sally@hubbard.nel to your e-mail 
lists of approved senders, please. She 
cherisned an overnight visit with Laura 
Phinizy last Jun. in Augusta. Sally retired 
from the newspaper with dreams of starting 
a weekly writers' group, but a friend who 
was taking chemotherapy asked her to fill in 
at her job for 3 mos, so the clock still goes 
off early. 1965-ers at age 65 are doing a 
lot of traveling! She and Charles will join 
2 of her brothers on a river trip between 
IVIoscow and St. Petersburg this spring, 
but she doesn't expect any trip to be more 
fascinating than Egypt. Egypt was as exotic 
as the moon. Her board work with the 
GOAL Project (Global Outreach for Addiction 
Leadership) is daunting, but affords her 
chances to visit with local addiction and HIV 
prevention trainers in places like Cairo and 

Mary Pederson Kyger married Clifford 
Grum this summer and has been traveling 
and enjoying great happiness. His horses 
race many mos of the yr, and they spend a 
great deal of time in KY. 3 grown children 
and spouses as well as 4 grandchildren all 
survived Hurricane Ike with little damage, 
but great discomfort. 

Laura Haskell Phinizy and Stewart 
went to Linville, NC, for the wedding of 
Aline Rex McEvoy's daughter Emory, 
who is their daughter tvlarion's age. The 
Phinizys celebrated their 43rd anniversary 
on Thurs. and joined the wedding festivities 
Fri. after a day sightseeing in the mountains. 
A photograph taken at the rehearsal 
dinner shows Elvira McMillan Tate, Gay 
Plowden Jeffcoat. Alice Mighel Ficken, 
Aline Libba Hanger Luther, Margaret 
Field Kresge with Laura. IVIargaret, Gay, 
and Laura had singles on 3rd floor Carson 
their senior year, and the other 4 were suite 
mates. The family gathered at Kanuga in 
Aug. Ivlarion and her boys come up for UGA 
football games. Laura went to DC for the 
twins' 2nd birthday on 10/23. 

Sarahlyn McAfee Smith says not 
much is new with Hamp and her They still 
babysit daily for darling granddaughter 
Cheyenne (21 mo.) and for their 
granddaughter Sierra (9) after school. They 
went to Austin, TX, in fall for their niece's 

Chris Kilcullen Thurlow shares a 
list of tidbits; Steve and Chris will celebrate 
their 40th anniversary this year Their son 
and daughter are both married with 3 
children each. They have 6 grandmonsters 
born within 3 yrs of each other; the oldest 
is 5, and the twins are 1 . Only 1 girl. Only 
1 blue-eyed child. She always thought that 
the only thing more boring than someone 
else's children was someone else's 
grandchildren — until she had her own! 
Now she has joined the ranks of the most 

annoying people on earth, grandmothers! 
They still live on Long Island Sound in 
Greenwich, CT and have a place at Grand 
Harbor in Vero Beach, FL. They don't go 
south for "the Season" because of the 
grandmonsters and their duties on 5 
boards or commissions. They sneak down 
to FL about 1 wk a month. Her most time- 
consuming activity is as the Vice Chair of 
the Board of Directors of the Nathaniel 
Witherell Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 
Facility. Greenwich is the only town in the 
entire state of CT (1 69 towns) to own and 
operate its own facility to care for the frail 
elderly. The facility has 202 residents and is 
embarking on a nearly $40 million renewal 
project. They travel a great deal and just 
returned from a tour of the Baltic — Russia, 
Estonia, Latvia, Poland (had a 2-hr meeting 
with Lech Walesa), Germany, Sweden, 
Denmark, and Finland. They're headed for 
Antarctica, starting in Santiago (their 5th trip 
to South America). They've taken the Trans- 
Siberian Railway across Russia, starting 
in Vladivostok and ending in IVloscow 
(through 9 time zones) and assorted golf 
trips, which her husband refers to as S.K.I, 
trips (Spending the Kids' Inheritance). 
Steve is president of the CT Chapter of 
the NFL Alumni (he played for the NY 
Giants and the Washington Redskins), and 
raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for 
children's charities (after-school programs. 
Head Start, scholarships, etc.) Chris leads 
horticultural therapy classes for the elderly. 
She's designing and developing an indoor/ 
outdoor dementia garden, which will have 
music therapy, massage, and visual memory 
stimulation year-round. Just 2 happy people 
enjoying life, marveling every day at the 
number of blessings they've been showered 
with, and hoping to share some of their 
blessings with others. Life is good. Chris 
says, "God bless our troops!" 



Makanah Dunham Morriss 
1317 Rocky Mountain Road 
Forest, VA 2451 

Rand! Miles Long 
19 Hidden Valley Road 
Lafayette, CA 94549 


Ms. Diane Dalton 
Milwaukee, Wl 53202 

Lynne Gardner Detmer 
125 Wareham's Point 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 
757 259-0001 

It is with sadness that I report the death 
of Ann Peterson Griffin in 7/08. Jennie 
Lyons Fogarty and Jeanne Powell visited 
with her and her family during her last days. 
On behalf of us all, I send heartfelt condo- 
lences to her family and friends. 

Well, ladies, those of you who missed 
our 40th Reunion really missed out! We 
had a wonderful time together, catching 
up, comparing life notes, and laugh- 
ing a lot! Attending were; Penny Oliver 
from CO, Sara Granath all the way from 
Sweden, Libby Harvey Fitzgerald from 
CA, Courtney Cash, Lizzie Miller Green 
Brenda Garden Kincaid, Lynne Gardner 
Detmer, Suzanne Little. Julie Amanda 
deColigny, Martha Bennett Conner. 
Percy Clark Gwinn, Sophie MacKenzie 
Belouet all the way from France, Diane 
Hunt, and Blair Walker Lawrence. After 
the 1 5 of us brainstormed on a beautiful 
afternoon, Lizzie Green wrote a letter for 
all of us, sent via email to everyone whose 
addresses we have. I'm copying it here so 
that all of you will receive it! 

From Lizzie (and all of us 40th Reunion 
attendees); "Hello Everyone, The Class of 
1968 was well represented at our 40th 
Reunion in IVIay. We 1 5 had a wonderful 
time, but we missed every single one of you 
who couldn't come. The school missed con- 
tributions from exactly 61 % of us. Our Class 
Secretary Lynne Gardner Detmer came 
back from the Sat. morning convocation 
with the news that our 39% participation in 
the donation efforts wasn't exactly what the 
National Reunion Giving committee hoped 
for There were 2 classes this year which 
had 81% participation. Oops. So those of us 
at the lunch table thought very hard, came 
up with numerous excuses, and thought 
even harder We decided upon a workable 
campaign to increase participation from our 
class in time for our 45th Reunion. Each of 
us will put $5.00 in an envelope every year 
until Jan. 2013, at which point we'll write 
our checks to the appropriate donation 
committee. The SBC Alumnae Association 
will be thrilled with our 100% participation. 
We'll try to be modest about the whole 
thing so as not to embarrass classes with 
fewer donors. The hard part will, of course, 
be finding that envelope each year Do 
we need a blog to gather ideas? Shall we 
pledge to hide our envelopes in the same 
place in our homes? Best wishes to each 
and every one of you! Start planning now to 
attend our 45th Reunion in IVlay 2013." 

So, my question to those who were 
at Reunion; Do you know where your 
envelope is? 

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Susan Bokan writes: I'm in Saratoga 
Springs, NY, and spend time in NYC. SBC 
was such a wrong fit for me that I haven't 
ever returned except one time to tal<e 
my fine grandmother, who was living in 
Charlottesville, for a country ride. At the end 
of the drive I was struck with the desire to 
send a thank-you note to the fellows who 
drove all that way, twice even, to go out 
with me. Really amazing effort. Saratoga 
is a wonderful place, and I'm taking all the 
courses at Skidmore that I missed or wasn't 
paying attention to while I was busy stop- 
ping the war and saving the world. In light 
of the 1 870s architecture in the area, I have 
rehabbed many buildings with friends and 
manage their rental providing the flexible 
schedule that allows me to travel. Give a 
call if in the area and I wouldn't be averse 
to visiting elsewhere, but the campus is too 
laden for me 

Courtney Cash wrote to me about the 
morning convocation on Sat. of Reunion 
Weekend: "Even though we had a sparse 
5 or 6 people there (at the convocation], 
you managed to distinguish our class with 
the reminder to all the other classes that 
ours was the one which made it possible, 
for those that followed us, to wear pants to 
class. Now that was a home run ball! And 
I had forgotten how persuasive we were. 
It's been rejuvenating to hear from so many 
of the class members who were unable to 
be there, and especially to think of them 
as I remember them. their eariy 20s! It 
makes it all the more exciting to think of 
seeing them at our next Big One, the 45th. 
Lizzy's lilting letter was just her right touch, 
and I hope everyone gathers from it what a 
good time was had by all. I already put the 
1st installment in my envelope. Jim was a 
good sport — as were Libby's and Brenda 
Garden's and Blair Walker's husbands — 
to hang out with the pink-and-green giris 
for the duration. They were most welcome 
additions to the crew." 

Yours truly. Lynne Gardner Oetmer, 
has finally settled into a new and much 
smaller house. Note the new address! 
We're about a mile away from our old 
home (same mailman!), and find it more 
manageable, especially since we spend 5 
mo. or more during the summer going to 
the Adirondacks to manage the family farm. 
Jim and I couldn't have had more fun at 
Reunion — an absolute blast! Send news via 
email or Christmas letters! 

Judy Harbottle Maselli does research 
at UCSF in public health. Her daughter, son- 
in-law, and granddaughter Ella (3) live 1 5 
min. from her, and so she's "in heaven!" 

Kristin Kuhns Alexandre writes, 
"Sorry to have missed Reunion! It was at 
the same time as my daughter Cynthia's 
graduation from 8th grade at The Far Hills 
Country Day School in NJ, where we live. 
We did organize a mini gathering at my 
place in Delray Beach, FL, this spring, and 
several buddies showed up: Neil Keller 

from WV, LanI Cooper Schulte from San 

Francisco area, Jane Dedman from Brazil, 
Cecelia Williamson Grinstead from AL, 
Lorna Allen Sorley from TX. and Pam 
Browning Durrant from Harvard, MA. 
We all had stories; some good, some bad, 
some amazing — but we just loved getting 
together and swapping stories and lessons 
if you want to call them that. We brought up 
many of your names and memories and will 
all try to make the next go round." 

Suzanne Little, another reunioner, 
says, "it's quite surprising where we find 
ourselves some days. I never imagined that 
I'd end up in Houston, but I love my life 
here. We went out sailing on Galveston Bay 
yesterday with Doug's children and grand- 
children. Hot, but breezy Life is good!" 

Sophie MacKenzie Belouet wrote "It 
was indeed grand to see you all! I had a 
great time and am still reliving the breath- 
taking beauty of the place. It was worth the 
trip from Europe! I'm looking forward to 
seeing you all on this side of the Atlantic. 
Remember, I can provide room and board 
for a reunion in Brittany" 

Gina Rulon-Miller says, "I only lasted 
2 yrs before I went on to U. PA, but had a 
good time at SBC." I hope everyone is well. 
I live in Sausalito and Stinson Beach, CA, 
and did well in the technology space (IBM, 
Oracle and 2 Silicon Valley start ups), a sur- 
prise especially to me. Best to all." 

Adelaide Russo writes: "I was so 
sorry to miss Reunion and sad to hear 
of Ann Peterson's passing. I see Sophie 
Mackenzie at the American Cathedral 
when I'm in Pans and have time for church. 
I was in Normandy working in an archive 
for most of my last trip to France with a 
weekend in Belgium to attend the wedding 
of an adorable pair of 30- yr-olds. I didn't 
get to church on the Avenue George V, but 
this coming year I have a grant to finish a 
new book and plan to spend a good deal of 
time in France. I head to CT to spend Aug. 
with my parents. My father (91) is in fragile 
health, but mother is fit at 84 going on 25. 
I should've sent in the questionnaire SBC 
sent in the winter I had a nice recompense 
for my work last Nov., a prize from the 
French Academic des Beaux-Arts for my 
latest book. LA continues to be an interest- 
ing, seductive place to live, but I spend 
a good deal of time elsewhere, between 
the northeast and France. A hectic, but 
interesting life. I'll try to make it to the 45th. 
I returned to SBC for one of the advisory 
boards 2 yrs ago and was pleased with 
what I discovered, although I was disap- 
pointed that the College didn't call on me 
for my expertise after that initial meeting. I 
hope you're all well and happy 


Nancy Crawford Bent 
14 Dopping Brook Road 
Sherborn, MA 01770 

Joan Adriance Mickelson (Athens, OH) 
retired after 22 yrs of coaching h. s. ten- 
nis, "lots of work with not much income 
and no retirement benefits, but great fun 
and tremendous gratification from the kids 
who enjoyed learning a lifetime sport." 10 
yrs ago Joan organized the lundraising 
for and the construction of the school's 
tennis courts, the Mickelson Courts, and 
she leaves them "feeling good about the 
future of the h. s. tennis program." Her 
time is filled with fundraising and building 
for a Habitat for Humanity Women's Group, 
they've built 4 houses in 8 yrs. "In '02, 1 
was the Building Coordinator for our 2nd 
house — I organized everything related 
to the build. It took 1 Vi yrs because the 
women who volunteer only work on week- 
ends and were delayed by several mos. 
because of utility problems and weather, 
but we got it finished and the family still 
lives in it! I was on the building crew for 
the next 2; we start our 5th house in the 
spring..." Joan's eldest, Sara (33), is mar- 
ried to a USAF Capt. They'll soon move to 
the Azores for a 2-yr stint with children 
Heather (5), Charlie (3), and Cameron (2 
mos). She's gotten to see the grandkids in 
MS at least every 3 mos for the past 4 yrs 
and is plotting ways to get to the Azores! 
Daughter Kelly got married in 5/08. Joan 
was the wedding coordinator and after 5 
mos of work carried it off without a hitch. 
"I even did the flowers with the help of a 
friend. They turned out awesome." Joan 
and Charlie enjoy visiting Kelly and husband 
Bryan in Falls Church, VA, where Kelly 
works in financial investment. Bryan works 
in athletics at American U. Christopher (25), 
"living the life we all wanted to live when 
we got out of college," works in Denver, 
skis every winter weekend and camps and 
fly fishes in the summer Joan loves visit- 
ing him and getting into the mountains. 
"Charlie hopes to retire in 3/1 from OH U. 
after 35 yrs. We live on 4 acres outside of 
town and have numerous projects we'd like 
to tackle. I have a large vegetable garden; 
we cut wood in the fall for our wood stove, 
and I love to dabble in the flower beds, 
though I'm not the greatest gardener We 
play golf and tennis and canoe and hike for 
recreation. Athens is a liberal town in the 
foothills of the Appalachians, so we have 
lots of different interest groups here and 
lots of recreational opportunities. We prob- 
ably will retire here, but look for a warm 
place to spend a few winter mos. I've never 
adjusted to winters in OH — too much salt 
air when I was young, I guess." Joan went 
to Galveston after the islanders returned 

home following Ike's rampage. Her mother's 
house was untouched, but many people 
lost everything on their 1st floors. "It'll take 
yrs lor the island to recover, but the work I 
saw being done by the Red Cross, Salvation 
Army and hundreds of volunteers was 
uplifting. People from all over were there 
helping to clean up." 

And then there was Gustav — Martha 
Brewer (New Orleans, LA) sat it out at work 
(University Hospital) because it was her 
week to be the Faculty On Hurricane Call. "I 
was instructed to stay 5-6 days and bring 
2 wks of medicine, sheets, baby wipes, 
water, and food. At the same time my crew 
(Susan, the Great Danes, her mom in the 
wheelchair, Liz who lives down the hall and 
her Golden and her sister's Golden and 
Susan's sister Paula and her two French 
Bulldogs) all headed to my brother Craig's 
house in Greenwood, MS. Scan was here 
in May with Jared, She looks great! We all 
pigged out at Commander's Palace; this 
after they had returned from a Caribbean 
cruise with her twin aunts (84) who drank 
beer the whole time." 

Hattie Coons Babbitt (Washington, 
D.C.) is an attorney in DC. at Jennings, 
Strouss & Salmon, "assisting clients on 
issues of public policy and strategy espe- 
cially with regard to their international 
operations." — from their website, not from 
Hattie. She sent a photo of Bruce and her in 
China in '07, looking too relaxed and happy 
for it to have been a business trip. 

Cathy Hall Sfopher (Louisville, KY): 
When you all have nothing better to do, go 
to and 
look up the article about my uncle Louis 
Michaux. It was such a nice tribute. The 
funeral lasted for 1 'A hrs as everyone 
shared stories and memories of Louis. After 
each spoke, we all clapped, because each 
story was amazing. He had a lot of courage, 
determination, and charm. 

Elizabeth Lewis (San Francisco, CA): 
My son Matt graduated from Columbia in 
5/08 and is in Spain where he got a grant 
to study Catalan at the U. of Barcelona. 
Catalan is probably not the most useful 
language in the wortd, but this does post- 
pone his having to decide what to do with 
the rest of his life — no point in rushing into 
that decision. David and I are happy both 
working 2 or 3 days/wk and enjoying our 
time together 

Ann Mathews (Charleston, WV): For 
the last 8 yrs, I've served as admin, assis- 
tant for the WV Health Care Assoc, which 
represents long-term care facilities in WV. 
My main job is to develop and maintain our 
membership/registration database. Prior 
to that I held the same type of position 
for 1 2 yrs at Children's Home Soc. of WV, 
maintaining their development/member- 
ship database. After graduating from SBC I 
attended UNC Chapel Hill, working toward 
an MA in music, but migrated to NYC prior 
to completing the degree. In NYC I was 

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in charge of copyrights and royalties for 
Carl Fischer, Inc., a music publisher. My 
extraordinary life-changing experience 
was meeting my spiritual master, Swami 
Muktananda Paramahamsa, in 1975. 1 had 
the good fortune of serving on the staff of 
the SYDA Foundation in South Fallsburg, 
NY, and Oakland, CA, and spent 18 mo. 
in the mother ashram in Ganeshpuri, 
India. The practices of Siddha Yoga have 
been the foundation of my life. In 3/06 I 
celebrated my 60th birthday by returning 
to the dance stage after a 33-yr absence 
and performing a jazz routine with 3 other 
members of our women's singing group at 
our 1 0th anniversary concert at Clay Center 
Performance Hall. We wore very short red 
glitzy skirts and were a definite hit. (Check— see if you 
can find me. I'm blonde now. No pics of the 
glitz, though.). I enjoy spending time with 
my friend Jerry and his 2 beagles at his 
rural 55-acre home and cooking vegetarian 
dinners. Being a Hospice volunteer is a pro- 
found experience. I think of SBC often and 
am grateful for the friendships, memories, 
and invaluable education I received during 
our yrs. together 

In response to Claudette's and Martha's 
descriptions of their House 3 Reunion 
(fall issue) Frere Murchison Gornto 
(Wilmington, NC) wrote last summer, "Each 
of you, in your own special way, has beauti- 
fully expressed what I think we were all 
feeling after our time together." She and 
Dean were looking forward to a quiet week 
together after "a wonderful month" of hav- 
ing their children/grandchildren with them. 
(In Wrightsville Beach, I assume.) 

Lynn Pearson Russell (Alexandria, 
VA): Well, I know you've received several 
recaps of House 3's reunion in Wrightsville 
Beach. There's not much to add to 
Claudette's and Brewer's lovely recollec- 
tions, but at least I can reiterate, we all 
had a truly remarkable time, reminiscing, 
catching up, and discussing everything from 
Jungian psychoanalysis to Picasso! 

Maureen Robertson Raggett 
(Owings, MD): This has been a big year for 
me. I've retired and am not quite sure what 
to do with myself. Fortunately, my husband 
plans ahead. We're building a house in 
State College, PA, which we thought would 
be equidistant from our 2 daughters. When 
the son-in-law heard the plan he got a 
job at Penn St. I can't believe that I'll be 
minutes from my 2 grandgirls. Does it 
get any better? I'm considering coming 
to the Reunion. My students often asked 
me why I chose a women's college. Their 
questions made me think. I'm sure I'd do it 
over again. At my 1st glimpse of SBC I was 
hooked. Every time I visit I'm overwhelmed 
by the beauty of the campus. It'll be strange 
to be at Reunion and be in that 40th group. 
I remember the 1st reunion when those 
ladies seemed so ooolllddd! Little did I know 
then that age is just a number 

Kelthley Rose Miller (Palm Beach, 
FL); Life in Palm Beach is great. I love 
working at Kemble Interiors. If you get your 
hands on the fall issue of Florida Design 
(18:3:254) I have a big project in it. I had 
a conference call for the fundraising for 
Reunion with Cathy Hall Stopher, Blair 
Josephs Rohrer (Charlotte, NC), Kathy 
BIythe Southerland (Charlotte, NC), and 
Ann Rhett Taylor Merrill (Santa Barbara, 
CA). . .the beat goes on. I spoke with Lyn 
Oakes Miller (Pacific Palisades, CA) 
yesterday: she's thinking about coming to 
Reunion. I can hardly waiti 

Jean Rushin Brown (Wilton, CT); 
Unfortunately, I had to miss the House 3 
Reunion in Wrightsville Beach. Hope to 
make the next one. Son Rob has been in 
London with Deutsche Bank for the past 2+ 
yrs and loves it. We visited with him 4 times 
when he came to the states for 4 weddings 
and was on his way to Chile to ski. 

In Sept. Susan Scanlan (Alexandria, 
VA) was "just back from a convention of 
the Assoc, of Small Foundations in Denver 
(My sister, the CPA in TX, 'inherited' 3 
multi-million dollar foundations from her 
billionaire oil clients and put me on their 
boards. So I'm in the unique position of 
dispensing grants to the feminist and 
artistic causes closest to my heart with 
one hand and begging tor support of my 
own organizations with the other — sort of 
philanthropic schizophrenia) So guess who 
I ran into at the reception thrown for us at 
the Denver Museum of Art: Connie Lane, 
who departed SBC during sophomore yr 
to get married. I'd heard that since then 
she'd had 2 children and gotten divorced. 
Turns out she recently married the retired 
Episcopal Bishop of SD, a charming white- 
bearded guy named David Cameron. (I'm 
married to a charming white-bearded guy 
named Cameron as well.) Connie inherited 
a family foundation from her father who 
established the successful Lane Furniture 
Company. They're the ones who gave out 
free mini-hope chests to all graduating h. s. 
girls in VA. I'm sure mine is in a box in the 
basement somewhere. The intervening 40 
yrs have been most kind to Ms. Lane. She 
looks gorgeous. Her daughter, who is part 
of the family foundation, was also attend- 
ing and she's someone you'd be proud 
to claim as a relation. They live in Rapid 
City, SD, of all places. Her son lives here in 
Alexandria, so we're going to try to effect 
a reunion sometime soon. In the past 15 
days, I've flown to and fro: San Diego (to 
see my niece Heather kill herself nightly as 
Juliet at the Old Globe Theater): Minot, ND 
(to preach to a regional convention of the 
General Federation of Women's Clubs on 
breast cancer prevention): and to Denver. 
Jared and I are having the kitchen remod- 
eled and it's been a painful 3 wks so far 
In my absence, the tile floor and cabinets 
were installed and the walls painted. Next 
come the counter tops, which get measured 

by computer and then cut. Soon, Jared's 
3rd stove will arrive, I'm told that great 
chefs are hard on their equipment, so he 
must be a great chef. He's being a good 
sport about the chaos, but is longing for his 
own cooking." 

Ann Tremain Lee (Newport News, 
VA) wrote that she and Saint have been 
traveling, including her Isf trip to Africa 
this fall with Saint to visit his sister in Togo 
and celebrate her 70th birthday Ann's 
time at home is spent "in a potpourri of 
ways! I volunteer at a domestic violence 
shelter (manning the hotline), am a Stephen 
Minister at church (one-on-one caregiving), 
love my weekly tennis game, my yoga, and 
my walking. I love keeping up with family: 
Maria, Marshall, and their giris — Steriing 
(6) and Kendall (4): Cameron and her 
significant other in Boulder; Allie and Zack 
in Norfolk: and Mom and Dad who are in a 
retirement home in Charlottesville. Mom has 
cancer, had surgery last Dec, and is doing 
remarkably well, all things considered. 
They're slowing down, but aren't we all? 
My sisters and I have been a wonderfully 
resilient team, taking turns being there with 
Mom and Dad and being there for each 
other I'll put May on my calendar and see 
what happens. We went to Saint's 40th at 
UVA in Jun. and had such a great time." 

Bertie Zotack Baigent (New Haven, 
CT): Peter and I divorced amicably in '06 
after 30 yrs of marriage and 2 wonderful 
children. Blair (SBC '03) lives in NYC and 
is a Recruiting Coordinator at the law firm 
of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Philip, after 
C. W. Post Coll., is living and working as a 
commercial fisherman out in Montauk, NY 
Those yrs vacationing on Block Island really 
left an impression! I'm living in and loving 
New Haven, CT My commute on Metro 
North is 2 hrs door-to-door, but I've found 
that the older I get the easier it is to sleep 
on the train. I do indeed hope to return to 
SBC to attend Reunion and relive some of 
the happiest days I can remember 

Your Class Secretary urges all of you to 
think seriously about returning for our 40th 
Reunion in May. A number of classmates 
have already committed to attending and 
the more of us who show up, the more 
interesting and enjoyable it will be. Please 
return your Reunion Questionnaire to me 
(I've already received several with photos!) 
for the Class Scrapbook. I'll bring along 
some of the old scrapbooks for the viewing 
pleasure of attendees and that alone will 
make it worth the trip. 


Lynne Sprlnsky 
The Old Smithy 
Montoursville, PA 17754 

Gale Hul Whetzel 
2696 Coventry Road 
Columbus, OH 43221-3226 



Nia Eldridge Eaton 

461 RIttenhouse Boulevard 

Jeffersonville, PA 19403-3382 

Jill Johnson 

2012 Wolftrap Oaks Ct 

Vienna, VA 22182 

First, thanks for all the communications. I 
don't care how it arrives, snail or email. It's 
just good to hear your news. 2nd, if you'd 
like to connect with a class member, let me 
know and I'll provide snail/email address. 

Please take a moment to remember 
our classmate Celia "Ceci" Clark. She 
seemed to very much enjoy our Reunion 
last yr, and I'm glad many of us got the 
chance to visit with her 

I also ask that we think of those who 
mean/meant a lot to us while at SBC and 
after Please stay in touch. Send me info 
that will help keep these connections in 

Next, my apologies. Here's a tip: never 
try to create the notes on 2 separate 
computers. I found I dropped the ball in 
the fall and didn't check for continuity. 
To those who sent me a message for the 
fall publication and I left it on the wrong 
computer OOPS and sorry to be late. Well, 
at least we have some "new" news for this 

Barbara Tessin Oerry and Bill are 
still in Richmond, VA. Barb works in the 
lower school library at Collegiate School; 
next year will be her 16th yr It's a great 
job, a wonderful work environment plus 
summers off. Husband Bill is a partner 
in the law firm of Troufman Sanders. Son 
Will (23) is in his 2nd yr of med. school 
at UVA and had a summer internship in 
Boston. Daughter Alice (21) is a senior at 
Wake Forest after spending her summer in 
Asheville, NC, working as a camp counselor 
She spent the 1 st semester of her junior yr 
in Madrid and Barb had a great wk with her 
there with a side trip to Paris. Life is good, 
although Barb has a hard time believing 
we're closing in on 60. (Phooey, I'd hoped it 
was a bad dream.) 

"Voila, life is still good in the wine 
business," says Oeirdre Conley. "Great 
vintages available from the French 
wineries — global warming has helped 
them get the riper wines we love, but what 
we have is good enough, no more heat 

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needed!" Dede is in wine sales for Boisset 
Family Estates and lives in Miami. She and 
tiusband Gerard planned ttieir Aug. in the 
cool French Alps plus a week in Rome to 
see the sites. 

Moving 1 days before Christmas? 
Contact Betty Works Fuller She's 
done this twice — in '95 to Corpus Christi 
and in '07 to Beaumont, TX. Betty is the 
chaplain at All Saints Episcopal School 
and husband Frank is the new rector of St 
Mark's Episcopal Church, New adventures 
in Betty's job include teaching 8th grade 
world religion class and preaching daily to 
a congregation ranging from Ist-graders to 
middle-aged teachers. Son Will (19) finished 
his freshman yr at Baylor U, majoring in 
International/Asian Studies. Daughter Mary 
(30) is a consultant in nonprofit fundraising 
and communications based in the San 
Francisco Bay area. Betty gets back to VA 
several times a yr to see her mother ('38) 
who lives in Charlottesville. 

We had a wedding in our class! Mary 
Phillips Donohue Carerra and Jim were 
married 6/1 4/08. Since this was a 2nd 
marriage for both, the extended family 
was quite large. In attendance were Grace 
Janelle Sherfy Straszheim and Debby 
Price Utsinger and their husbands. Mary 
and Jim will live in Alexandria, VA, until their 
imminent retirements. Then they'll golf and 
travel with home bases in Bethany Beach, 
DE. and Naples, FL 

Cutler Bellows Crockard and 
Doug's son Bradford got married in Lufkin, 
TX, 10/4/08 Susan Waller Nading, 
Kathy Keys Graham and Bill came from 
Birmingham, AL; Dale Shelly Graham 
and James, plus Karen Terstappen Morr 
and Tom from the DC. area; Liz Clegg 
Woodard and Woody plus Brooke Thomas 
'71 came up from Houston. Cutler and Liz 
were still recovering from Hurricane Ike that 
hit just 3 wks prior, leaving them without 
power for days and damaged both their 
Houston and Galveston homes. (Girls, we 
hope things improved for you both.) The 
wedding, we hear, was a grand excuse to 
forget the mess for a while and enjoy the 
spectacular party. 

Some news from Greyson Shuff 
Tucker and husband Garland. They have 
2 daughters. Grey (married with a son, 5. 
and another Greyson, nearly 3) and Liza, 
also married, living in Bedin, Germany while 
her husband is getting a Ph.D. in theology 
The update: they're grandparents; Garland 
has started a new company; and they're 
both involved in their new little church in 
Raleigh and enjoy the mountain community 
of Roaring Gap, NO. In other words, there's 
much to be grateful for 

Please don't make me beg. Write. Just 
do it now, right now, while you're thinking 
about it. Thanks. 


Evelyn Carter Cowles 
4677 Catterton Road 
Free Union, VA 22940 

Pat Barton writes, "Stephen and I are 
looking fonA/ard to Family's Weekend and 
seeing our Emily (SBC '11). So far, the 
SBC experience is perfect for her, and we 
couldn't be happier, especially as it lets me 
relive lots of the things that were so great 
when we were there!" 

Susan Bundy loved seeing Sue 
Plank and Diane Reiling at Homecoming. 
"Was prepared to finally 'Walk the Hill,' 
but weather canceled — maybe next year. 
On another note, as some of you know I 
remarried in '05 to a wonderful guy from 
my home town." Susan's 2nd grandchild, 
Merideth Marie Comer, was born 9/24/08, 
"a beautiful baby girl who seems to be as 
much as a 'camera ham' at 1 wk old as the 
handsome grandson." 

Carol Anne Provence Gallivan writes. 
"I'm blessed to say that we're well. Son 
Henry was married on 8/ 23 to a beautiful 
young lady, Amanda. They're both attorneys 
and live in Greenville. We're thrilled to have 
them in town! Oldest Anne Genevieve is 
happily living in Atlanta and works for Ernst 
and Young; youngest Harriet is attending the 
Med. U. of SC in Charleston, getting a MA in 
Occupational Therapy, which she has always 
wanted to do. Mills and I have returned 
from a 35th wedding anniversary trip to the 
Greek Isles and Europe; it was wonderful! 
We've been doing a lot of traveling lately, 
mixing his law firm business with pleasure, 
and are appreciating and enjoying this time 
in our lives." 

Peggy Garner finished Master 
Gardener's class this spring. "I'm about to 
be thrown into answering phones from the 
public — scary. Daughter Whitney graduated 
with honors from h. s. and was off to U. OR 
this Sept. We're learning to fly fish together 
on the Deschutes River — fun. Bend is a 
great place to live. We stayed with Lisa 
Fowler Winslow in CA in May. 

Joan Harden and Rick divide their 
time between Ridgewood, NJ, and their 
farm in Lexington, VA. They welcomed a 
new grandson, Luke Harden Raniella, to 
the family on 6/13/08. He joins his brother 
Jack (2). 

Susan Dern Plank noticed in the 
fall issue of Visions, the Friends of Art 
newsletter, that classmate, Champe Smith, 
was mentioned as the organizer of an 
exhibition titled "Mapping Correspondence; 
Mail Art in the 21st Century," which was 
shown in NYC at the Centre for Book Arts 
between 4/1 1 and 6/28/08. Artists asked 
other artists to send work through the USPS, 
"creating a network of communication that 
reflects the complex and varied meanings of 
the book, mapping, and social networking in 

the 21 st century." A catalog was produced 
for the exhibit and is available at the Center 
for Book Arts. "It sounds most interesting 
and I'm sorry that I didn't learn about it 
until this fall! The article mentioned that 
the center offers numerous 'classes and 
workshops in bookbinding, letterpress 
printing, paper marbling, typography, and 
related fields. ' Those of you interested in 
this might want to check it out." 

Diane Dale Reiling reports life is 
good in Seattle. "We're managing to keep 
our real estate business active and healthy 
despite the media gloom and doom. Our 
local economy is doing well and that helps 
enormously! Son Steven has found a job 
in his field and moved into an apartment 
(yeah!) Our daughter is starting her junior 
yr in college and lives in a rented house 
near campus. We can pretend to finally be 

Kathy Pretzfelder Steele just came 
back from a wonderful week in FL with 
family and friends for our daughter Kelly's 
wedding. She's a killer whale trainer at 
Sea World in Orlando where she met her 
husband. We had a blast and even found 
time to relax after the event. Next, we'll 
spend a long weekend in Chicago hitting 
restaurants and shows while visiting 
daughter Tracy, an attorney there. Dave and 

1 are still working hard and counting the 
days (years?) before we can retire some 
place warmer than NJ! 

Renee Sterling spent her time this 
summer between her place in Dallas and 
L.A. "Who can resist the temptation of the 
beach?" She's still SVPA/Veath Management 
with SmithBarney/Citi. "Sometimes it's 
good to be the Goliath and the standard 
of strength!" Her new Web site: h/fp.// 
fe. smithbarney. com/reneesterling. 

As for my news, Reynolds and I are 
still in the middle of moving from our farm 
of 35 yrs. Fortunately we're only moving 

2 mi. down the road. It's a slow move, but 
it's amazing what you can unearth after 
so many yrs! I continue to paint, mostly 
commission work, and I have a very nice 
young horse I have been showing. Thank 
you all for your responses! 


Ms. Hannah Pillsbury 
7132 W Tamarack Ct 
Mequon.WI 53092-8517 

Mary Landon Darden sent in this letter 
to the Alumnae Office regarding her dear 
fhend and classmate, Linda Kemp: She had 
a mischievous little grin, a twinkle in her 
eye and a laugh that would infect anyone 
within 20 feet. She wasn't much more than 
5 ft tall, but she packed a powerful strong 
will and plenty of personality. 

They say the close friends you make 
in college are "forever friends," that these 
friendships transcend time and space, and 
that they snap instantly back to wherever 
things were at the last visit. And that was 
always something to look fonward to. 

In college, I remember her study- 
ing economics, running around the dorm 
with giant rollers in her hair, and laughing 
uproariously until all 4 of us in our quad 
couldn't catch a breath. We used to laugh 
till we neariy split our sides over dating 
disasters, pranks, or just about anything 
that was happening in our little world. 

Her name was, Linda Kemp, but 
we called her Kemper It was a name 
attached to the deep affection we had for 
this delightful, caring, fun-loving sprite 
who lifted high the spirits of everyone she 
encountered. She was the friend who would 
always listen and would truly feel your pain. 

Kemper was the roommate who, I 
always promised myself, just as soon as life 
slowed down a bit, I would track down and 
spend time with. We'd laugh, cut up, share 
old times, just like we used to. 

I could almost see that window. My 
children are grown now. My life is beginning 
to show some possibilities for predictability. 
Although I had delayed the many reunions 
with my old friends, at long last it looked 
like a great reunion might be within my 

I received an e-mail today from another 
dear old friend from college. Hannah said 
that Kemper had been undergoing chemo- 
therapy and radiation for cancer and that 
her step-mother had come to visit to help 
care for her through the process. Kemper's 
mother had passed away at a young age 
from cancer, and I often worried that it 
might strike Kemper as well. 

During that visit, Kemper's step-mother 
became ill, and as it always was Kemper's 
way, she became the care-giver I'm sure it 
would've been her will to do so, but just as 
Kemper lived serving and caring for others, 
this week she also died. 

To me, the light in this worid has 
dimmed a bit. As happens too often as we 
get older, I must let go of yet one more 
wish. The reunion will not happen in this 

I will profoundly miss my dear forever 
friend, Kemper. 


Karin Lindgren 
124Lakevlew Ave 
Lantana, FL 33462 

Sadly, I must start with some very bad 

Our hearts go out to Anne Coggswell 
Burris and husband Lon. Their son, 
Benjamin Wyatt Burris (25), was killed in 


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a one-car accident on 8/3/08. Ben was 
born 10/28/82 in Charleston, SC. He was 
a graduate of Porter-Gaud School and 
Southern Methodist U., where he was 
a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
Fraternity. Ben worked as a sales manager 
for Petroleum Recovery Services. Gifts in 
Ben's memory may be made to Porter-Gaud 
School. We'll keep Anne and her family In 
our thoughts and prayers during this dif- 
ficult time. 

Marybeth Connor Hamlin sends 
greetings from sunny Naples, FL, where 
she works as a library media specialist at 
a local public h. s. Son Patrick is a junior 
at FSU, majoring in international business, 
"He's my life's delight, and I enjoy watch- 
ing him grow in intelligence and character! 
I often think of SBC and realize now that 
those were the best days of my life." 

Catherine Cranston Wliitham had a 
great catch-up with Libby Whitley in Aug. 
at the farmhouse Libby and Dave renovated 
on Embly's Gap Road, a short distance from 
SBC. Libby and Dave have a beautiful farm 
and dote on at least 1 5 dogs of all shapes 
and sizes. Catherine saw Randy Anderson 
Trainor last spring when Randy was visiting 
her mother in Richmond, She often sees 
Celia Robertson Queen and bumped 
into Jane Perry in Highlands, NC, where 
Catherine and Whit have a summer place. 
Catherine serves on a number of volunteer 
boards and has the pleasure of working 
closely with Ellen Harrison Saunders on 
the Development Committee for a statewide 
non-profit. Daughter Ann will be married 
this spring and son Craig continues working 
on Capitol Hill. This fall, Catherine and Whit 
will celebrate 32 yrs of marriage: "He was 
recalling his forays to SBC from UVA in the 
early '70s when Miss Jester would check 
him in and out of 1st floor Dew. Doesn't 
that tell you how times have changed!" 

"Nothing major new here in UT," writes 
Beverley Crispin Heffernan Bev contin- 
ues to work as the Environmental Group 
Chief for the Bureau of Reclamation's Prove 
Area Office. Jim is still an administrative law 
judge with the Dept. of the Interior in SLC. 
When not working, Bev is "playing with the 
horses— won 1 st place at a little competi- 
tive trail ride today (Oct. 4) and am planning 
to participate in the annual buffalo roundup 
on Antelope Island In the Great Salt Lake 
later this month." Bev also skis, hikes, plays 
golf, and occasionally goes fishing. Jim 
and the boys golf more and "fly airplanes 
hither and yon for fun." Volunteer activities 
include Sundance Film Festival; Bev man- 
ages a theater In SLC for them. Bev is also 
President of the Mountain Ridge chapter 
of Back Country Horsemen of UT. At home, 
Bev and Jim are painting, re-carpeting, 
rehanging pictures, and rearranging furni- 
ture. Older son Jimmy graduated from U. 
UT last Dec. with a degree in anthropology 
and a minor in physics. He's now a manger 
at the neighborhood Blockbuster store while 

pursuing a career track Job. Son #2 Chris is 
still at U. UT majoring in history. Bev had a 
fun reunion with former roommates Nancy 
Haight, Cynde Manning Chatham, and 
Robin Singleton Cloyd at Nancy s home 
in Cartersville, GA. Bev travels to Houston 
to visit and help her aging parents. "They're 
doing pretty well at 85 and 83, but still, 
aging happens!" 

Janis Csicsek Dodge lives in 
Wenham, MA and, at the time of this writ- 
ing, had just returned from Triple Creek 
Ranch in MO, where she enjoyed a cattle 
drive and fly fishing. Son Trey works at 
the Bishop Museum in HI. Daughter Emily 
is In grad. school and busy traveling. 
Stepdaughter April had a 2nd child, Janis' 
1st granddaughter Janis is busy on her job 
as a member of the Executive Mangement 
Team of Salem Five Bank and serving on 
the boards of the Wenham Museum and 
Health Ouarters. She looks forward to fall 
weekends at their house In ME, 

Bonnie Damianos Rampone and 
family are happy and well in Setauket, NY. 
Son Chuck III and daughter-in-law Michelle 
live in Stony Brook, the next town over 
Chuck III continues to work with his father 
at the Chevrolet, Hummer, and Blue Bird 
School Bus Dealerships as well as In the 
family's school bus operations businesses. 
Christopher works on Wall Street at the 
HSBC Bank. Chris returned from 6 wks 
in London studying in their International 
banking program. He was one of only 4 
Americans chosen from an international 
group of 200. Bonnie and husband Chuck 
traveled to Africa, India, Nepal, and Bhutan 
over the past 3 yrs. They're planning a 
summer trip with their church to follow the 
footsteps of St. Paul through Greece and 
Turkey. With girlfriends, Bonnie has traveled 
through Portugal, Croatia, and China, She 
spends her time at home counseling young 
women who are making their confirma- 
tions and are getting ready for college. 
Bonnie Is Involved with the Stony Brook U. 
Medical Center bringing awareness to CVS/ 
abdominal migraines. She hopes to visit 
SBC in Nov. for the unveiling of President 
Muhlenfeld's portrait. 

Jeannette Egli Drake (Pittsburgh, 
PA) has retired as a Lt. Colonel from the 
Air Force Reserves after 33 yrs of proud, 
memorable service. At the same time, her 
son graduated from h. s. at age 14. He 
spent the summer working at Westinghouse 
as a computer programmer and is a happy 
freshman at Carnegie Mellon, studying 
computer science. He is completing his 
Eagle Scout project rebuilding computers 
for a local senior citizen center to distrib- 
ute to the elderly in the area. Jeannette's 
husband Is a manager nuclear engineer 
who finds time to be an active voice and 
volunteer in the community with the school 
board and homeowners' association. He's 
also a Scout master While the boys are 
busy with their activities, Jeannette focuses 

on the care of her terminally III mother with 
the help of hospice. "I'm sure many of my 
classmates are experiencing the need to 
care for parents as they approach the end 
of life. It's a sad, emotional and difficult 
passage as we challenge the ravages of 
cancer, but I feel privileged to be there for 
her... to share some final sweet moments 
and rejoice in the memories of her long 
life. Since this (Oct.) is the month of Breast 
Cancer Awareness, I encourage all my 
classmates to support local and national 
activities. At age 85, my mother has sur- 
vived breast cancer for 28 yrs; research 
must be on the right track!" 

"It was like thunder out of a blue sky" 
says Chris Hoefer Myers, "the news of 
Ben Burris' death." Wendy Wise Routh 
was staying with Chris at her beach house 
while getting son John Carios settled at the 
Coll. of Charieston. "I walked into the room 
as Wendy was receiving the dreadful news 
by phone that Ben Burris died in a single- 
car accident the night before." Ann Wesley 
Ramsey flew down from ME immediately 
Well over 1 000 friends and family attended 
Ben's wake. His funeral was standing room 
only Chris' older daughter Aidan got a big 
scholarship and is in her 1st year at Emory 
Law School. Younger daughter Christian is 
a sophomore in h. s. and an outstanding AP 
Honors Student. Chris and Christian have 
joined the Columbia Rowing Club and love 
their new sport. Jim, Chris' husband of 27 
yrs, is retired from USC at the Diocese of 
Charieston. They enjoy long-distance hiking 
and have planned a trip to the Holy Land 
in eariy '09 with their fellow knights and 
ladies of the Eguestrian Order of the Holy 
Sepulcher of Jerusalem. 

Happy news from Linda Lucas 
Steele, husband Roger (UVA '74), and 3 
children! They traveled to Central Europe 
with the Johns Hopkins women's soccer 
team, where daughter Molly has excelled. 
They spent an afternoon at Omorovicza, a 
natural spa in Budapest owned by Holllns 
alumna Margaret Dickerson. The best 
facial products in the world are available 
at Omorovicza, with centers at Neiman 
Marcus, Bergdorf's, etc. Son Austen plays 
football at Dickenson Coll. and son Evan 
runs his own livestock transportation busi- 
ness "in cahoots" with Roger Linda Is 
Marketing Director for nTelos, a regional 
telecommunications firm specializing In 
voice, broadband, wireless, and fiber optic 
TV services. Linda would love to hear from 
folks In VA and beyond. Her phone #:540- 
591 -2606. Email 

Denise Montgomery (Valdosta, 
GA) has had one more health problem of 
late: an episode of acute diarrhea, which 
resulted in a diagnosis of collagenous 
colitis, a rare condition that strikes only 
1/100,000, Fortunately It's manageable 
with medication and has not hampered 
Denise's diet, exercise or travel. Denise 
went to Disneyland In Jun. for the American 

Library Association. It was the 1 st time she 
had been back to the CA park since she 
was 10. "I had a ball riding the old rides 
that I remembered from my earlier trip 
there, but I drew a line at buying mouse 
ears or a princess hat, like many grown 
women I saw there." Denise has also 
attended professional conferences in Boston 
(Aug.) and Portland, OR (Sept.), where she 
participated in the 5K walk of the local 
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Denise 
has taken an interest in teen-age technol- 
ogy. At the ALA conference, she attended a 
workshop where a speaker stated that all 
libraries should have Facebook accounts. 
Denise got an account for her Interiibrary 
loan dept. While looking to see how SBC 
is represented on the Internet, Denise 
decided to create a Facebook account for 
SBC alumnae from the '70s — "Sweet Briar 
College — the 70s." Anyone who was a stu- 
dent at SBC or who worked there during the 
'70s can join. So far, there are 10 members 
and Denise would love to see more. Denise 
has also become enamored with the Ipod 
since she won a shuffle as a prize at a 
conference. Within a week she was hooked, 
but was also annoyed because it didn't 
have enough memory to accommodate her 
entire music collection. She upgraded to a 
3rd generation 8 gigabyte Ipod nano and is 
now uploading all her CDs, plus some from 
her library, along with videocasts and audio- 
books as well. "This is definitely not just for 
kids and makes long trips much more fun!" 
Denise closes with, "I wish good health to 
everyone in our class. What I experienced 
over this past year made me appreciate 
more than ever how precious it is," 

This Is our 1st news from Missy 
Nesbitt Voigt, who transferred from SBC 
to Vanderbilt at the end of our 1st yr Missy 
graduated with degrees In nursing and 
French and worked as a nurse in Nashville 
and Atlanta. In 1980, she married John, 
who was studying law at Emory. 1st child 
Lindsay was born In '81 . 2nd child John 
was born in Nashville in '82, 3rd child 
Winston in '86. All are out of college and 
gainfully employed, "Yay!" Husband John 
practices health care law while Missy is a 
full-time mom, volunteer, sister, daughter, 
aunt. The entire family lives In Nashville, so 
life is busy They love traveling. Daughter 
Lindsay taught English In Prague for 2 yrs. 
"We love having her back in Nashville at 
least for a little while, but with the boys in 
Richmond and Boulder, CO, we're on the 
move quite a bit," Through a "crazy series 
of coincidences" Missy reconnected with 
Patti Tucker and Susan Lilley several yrs 
ago. She loves exchanging Christmas cards 
every yr with Patti. Son John lives and 
works in Richmond and has been dating 
an SBC grad, Virginia Fowler '04, for 5 >4 
yrs. They met while working as counselors 
at a camp in NC. Missy returned to SBC to 
attend Virginia's graduation and loved being 
there again. "The campus is so gorgeous!" 

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Missy remembers me (I sat next to her in 
Mr. van Treese's French lit class) and many 
others as well. 

Patty O'Malley Brunger accompanied 
son Phiiip on a business trip to Pans in 
Sept. She says, "The Louvre is great and 
the Eiffel Jmer is breathtal^ing, but being 
invited by your son is priceless." Oldest 
son John still lives in NYC and works for a 
private equity firm. Patty is grateful that he 
comes home to visit often because visiting 
in the city is so expensive. Patty and hus- 
band Mark have been blessed with 29 yrs 
of marriage 

Betsy Rawles sent me this from her 
Verizon Wireless Blackberry: "In Jun., I 
took my nephews (1 8 and 20) on a safari 
to Kenya. It was an amazing trip where we 
came close enough to touch (but of course 
didn't) everything from lions to elephants 
to giraffes. That's it from my end. Hope you 
have had a great year." 

Janet Richards Oikawa and husband 
Shio went to Israel and Beijing/Xian, China, 
this yr. Daughter Man graduated from GMU 
with a BA in anthropology. Janet and Shio 
enjoyed SBC Homecoming '08. "The band 
was great and we danced the night away It 
was great seeing Linda Frazier-Snelling 
We always have wonderful visits with Ella 
Hanson IVIagruder and Mark." 

Ginny Shipe Cameron (Severna Park, 
MD) spoke with Anne Coggswell Burris 
after the tragic death of Ben. "She was 
really brave and doing well considering 
her loss. I know she'd appreciate hearing 
from her classmates." Ginny's son Scott 
and wife Lauren are expecting their 1 st 
child in Mar.; Ginny will be a grandmother! 
Younger son Andrew and fiancee Lauren 
(yes, 2 Laurens!) are planning a 6/09 wed- 
ding in Baltimore. They met at Roanoke 
Coll, Ginny is still busy working and is still 
in contact with her old boyfriend Virgil, who 
is going through a nasty divorce. Ginny 
saw Heather McLeod Gate and daughter 
Megan at Andrew's engagement party. They 
always stay in touch. "Such is life, a few 
wrinkles at a time." Ginny observes. 

Polly Shriver Kochan has relocated 
to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children 
in Philadelphia, where she is an Assoc. 
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics and 
is on staff as an attending radiologist. "The 
move was a good one, and I love my new 
job!" Elder son Michael has begun business 
school at Darden. Younger son Andrew is a 
3rd-yr student at HSC, so Parents' Day is 
spent in VA. Husband Jeff is still Director 
of Neuroradiology at Temple U. Hospital 
and is the senior neuro-interventionalist 
there. Polly and Jeff returned from England, 
where Jeff gave a great presentation at 
the Irish-American Pediatric Society. "We 
enjoyed visiting Ireland again and visiting 
with relatives in Northern Ireland! We try to 
get out to Wl when we can. We still haven't 
begun work on our cabin, but enjoy visiting 
our land!" 

Nan "Stanley" Stuart teaches and 
travels extensively. She's beginning a 
new 1 20 curriculum lor a certified Animal 
Disaster Technician. This week (last week 
of Oct.) is the 1st 40-hr academy at the 
world headquarters for Code 3 Associates. 
Inc. The team spent several wks in Houston 
responding to Hurricane Ike. working closely 
with Houston SPCA, Their Executive 
Dir. is Jim Boiler, formerly of Houston 
SPCA, and most known for his Animal Cops 
Houston chief investigator role. "Needless 
to say," Stanley writes, "our team along with 
partner organizations rescued hundreds 
of animals affected by Hurricane Ike. We 
continue to set the standard high even 
though most people don't know about us. 
Please urge all SBC alumnae who give to 
an animal organization to give locally where 
they live (or to us if interested). The national 
groups waste so much money, earn mil- 
lions claiming they did so much and are not 
truly the heroes they claim to be. Sorry to 
be on a soapbox, but I get tired of hearing 
about the Humane Society of the United 
States, the ASPCA, and others who claim 
to have done so much work when indeed 
they were never in the heat of the action. 
In the meantime, the people who did work 
so hard for long hours and many days get 
very little coverage and almost no dona- 
tion dollars." So. please spread the word! 
Check out Stanley's organization at www. This organization 
was started by Stanley in '85. and they've 
been working quietly in a non-political way 
ever since. On a sad note, Stanley lost 
beautiful Golden Retriever Kinsey on 6/1 8. 
Some of us met her at our 25th Reunion. 
Ladies Home Journal ran a feature article 
on Kinsey in 10/07. The article can be 
found on the Code 3 Associates Web page 
as well as under Kinsey's journal. It was a 
devastating loss that affected some 6000 
Kinsey fans. There's now a new puppy, 
Kelsey, who has some tough paws to fill, 
but is up to the challenge. Stanley ends 
with. "Eric and I are doing fine and my Dad 
is still alive at 91 . although the stroke 3 yrs. 
ago affected him greatly. I find myself say- 
ing things to him that he said to me when 
I was a child. Life is truly full circle. I hope 
you are well. Hi to everyone." 

Last, but not least: Leslie Thornton 
occasionally sees Wendy White '74 and 
Sandra Vonetes to order beautiful flower 
arrangements from her shop. 



Ann Kiley Crenshaw 
1216 Cedar Point Dr 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

Sally Bonham Mohle 
13550 Heathcote Blvd, Apt 455 
Gainesville, VA 20155 

Cynthia Kendree Thieringer: For the last 
2 summers I've been selected to participate 
in simulated astronaut training at NASA 
facilities at both the U.S. Space and Rocket 
Center in Huntsville, AL. and Kennedy Space 
Center in Orlando, FL. This opportunity is 
available by application to any 5-1 2 math, 
science, or technology teacher through the 
Honeywell Hometown Solution Web site. It's 
an amazing opportunity and one I highly 
recommend. In 2/09, I'll be a presenter 
at the National Space Explorers Educators 
Conference SEEC in Houston, TX. If anyone 
will be there, please come and see me. 
My program is called, "Failure is Not an 
Option." My 4 children and husband are all 
doing GREAT! 

Ellen Sellers McDowell: My family 
had a fabulous summer trip to Rome and to 
the Greek Isles. I saw so many things that 
I studied at SBC in my art history classes! 
I had a great visit with Lochrane Coleman 
Smith '76 in Birmingham; I spent the night 
at her house when I was in AL. My young- 
est daughter Kate (1 7) is a junior in h. s. 
and isn't sure she likes being the only child 
home. Her sisters are all in college: Emily 
(23) is in grad. school in Austin at U. TX 
getting her MA in geology; Ginny is a senior 
at TX Christian U. (TCU) in Fort Worth and 
was joined this fall by Mary Susan who is a 
freshman there. Rex works hard in his new 
telephone company business and enjoys 
trying to build a small business. I still work 
part time at my cooking school, volunteer 
at church and at Kate's school. I enjoyed 
attending an SBC gathering to hear Betsy 
Muhlenfeld talk about SBC. Everything 
sounded so exciting that it made all of us 
there want to sign up to go and be part of 
such a great place. 

Carolyn Williams Seeling: I enjoy 
working with students in emotional support. 
This summer I took an intense 4-wk course 
offered by Cambridge U. in San Francisco, 
for teaching English as a 2nd language. 
Had a fantastic trip to HI, which included 
surfing lessons with daughter Sarah (16), 
and returned last Sun. from South Africa, 
which included scuba diving and snorkeling. 
Son Justin (22), is doing well with his senior 
yr at college with interests in politics and 
international travel. 

Our condolences to Dee Hubble 
Dolan: I've been extremely busy over the 
past year running my own Home Health 
Care Business in the Richmond, VA area, 
taking care of my husband in failing health, 
and feeding 16 critters daily on our mini- 
farm in Powhatan. I must relay the sad 
news that John passed away on 7/4/08, 
the most horrific event of my entire life. 

However, I'm blessed with the lives of 2 
new grandchildren that help to fill the void. 
Thanks to all the SBC family members who 
have expressed genuine empathy over the 
past months, 

Tricia Waters enjoys her recent return 
to the museum world as Assistant Registrar 
at The Phillips Collection in Washington. 
D.C. She's had opportunities to accompany 
works of art on loan from the Phillips to 
Brussels, Montpellier and Paris, NYC and 
Minneapolis, as well as some long-distance 
tractor-trailer thps throughout the U.S. John, 
a home renovation contractor, holds down 
the fort during those trips with Lucy (1 7) 
and Will (15). 

Libby White Drbal: The Drbal family is 
well, still living outside of Princeton. Oldest 
Drew is a freshmen at Elon U. outside of 
Greensboro, NC. He loves it and enjoys 
the wonderful lifestyle and weather of the 
south! Of course his Mom knew he would. 
I can only describe the school as a bigger. 
Co-ed SBC! He earned his Eagle Scout rank 
this spring and then graduated in Jun. Lots 
of ceremonies and visiting family, which 
was a lot of fun. Tyler is a sophomore in h. 
s. and isn't sure being the only child is a 
positive thing. Just so we didn't have too 
much of a semi-empty nest we added a 
golden retriever puppy to our menagerie 
this spring: "Guinness" is keeping us on our 
toes to say the least. At least he doesn't 
give us a "teenage attitude"! Doug is great, 
stiil working for Pfizer in the small animal 
veterinary pharmaceuticals market. He took 
both our boys (and 7 other scouts) to the 
desert mountains of NM this summer to 
backpack for 9 days at 12,000 feet. Quite 
an accomplishment regardless of one's 
age! You never appreciate sea level until 
you leave it! I've been busy running the Boy 
Scout troop and working on some redeco- 
rating projects around the house. As always, 
I stay in touch with Vivian Yamaguchi 
Cohn. Maggie Shriver, Meg Richards 
Wiederseim '78, Keedie Grones Leonard 
'76, and Addy Eshbach Donnelly '78. 

From Ebet Little Stevens: Liz. married 
in 2/07, is living in Perth, Australia, where 
she's a civil engineer with KBR. Anne is a 
senior at Davidson Coll., and Rob is a junior 
in h. s, at Andover in MA, That has given 
me time to work a little more with my small 
sales consulting business. Bob continues 
with teaching health care marketing at UNC 
and Vanderbilt business schools. 


Suzanne Stryker Ullrich 
820 Waverly Road 
Kennett Square, PA 19348 

At the time of this writing, Election 2008 
was about to come to a close along with 
our 30 yrs of being "graduates"! (We've all 

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survived yet another year of signs, ptione 
calls, and the barrage of television ads!) 
It was great to hear from so many, some 
who haven't been heard from in many yrs! 
Welcome bacl< to those, and I hope the rest 
of you will reconnect. Now for the news. . . 
where to begin? 

Turns out we have many entrepre- 
neurs in our class. Carol Baugh Webster 
reported that her company, Cassel 
International (international business and 
marketing consulting), celebrated its 5th 
anniversary last Aug., a real accomplish- 
ment since statistically, many small busi- 
nesses fail during the 1st few yrs. Husband 
Tim is "still with Fiberweb (formerly DuPont, 
only the name changes regularly with 
mergers and acquisitions rampant in his 
industry!) working in R&D. Youngest son 
Blake joined the Hendersonville, TN, police 
dept. this year and enjoys his work ("I had 
to get out of the habit of listening to the 
police scanner all the time when he first 
started!") Carol and Tim went to Key West 
last May where one of the highlights was 
seeing a pirate take off his wooden leg 
and shoot off his musket at The Drunken 
Parrot. "The parrot was pretty funny too!" 
They also spent "a week at the beach with 
oldest son Brandon and his wife and our 
2 grandsons — very relaxing and nice — 
everyone's schedules are so busy it's hard 
to get together sometimes! (Yes, Jean, 
there are grandchildren!)" She closed with 
hellos" to Jane Hemenway Sullivan, 
Sally-Ann Polson-Slocum. Dana Gotten 
Endacott. and Monte Costa, and 'Funny. 
I was just telling someone the other day 
about the wonderful yogurt I lived on when 
I was at SBC!" 

Jean Beard Barden is working in 
NYC, but finds time to train and compete in 
triathlons! After a triathlon last Sept., she 
wrote, "I finished the Triathlon and happily 
the weather was spectacular. Didn't break 
my personal best on time, but with all the 
traveling and goings on in the market, I was 
happy to participate and complete!" Last fall 
SBC friends Lauren Place Young, Nancy 
White '79, Suzanne Stryker Ullrich, and 
Jean got together in CT for a memorial 
service for Marianne Hutton Felch's ('79) 
mother. Although sad, it was great to see 
everyone, including Marianne's newest 
granddaughter, Lillian Marina, born last Jul. 
Sarah has 2 girls and lives on Nantucket 
also. Lauren gets down to NY from VT regu- 
larly and gets together for Nancy's latest 
culinary creation! Nancy and husband John 
Feldtmose treated everyone to a wonder- 
ful dinner in Larchmont, NY that Sept. 
Lauren and Suzanne stayed with Jean, 
and Rick later joined them. The hiking and 
biking were highlights, along with all the 
food and wine! Lauren's Maul-raised kids 
are all over the place. Makenna (15) is a 
"natural newbie" to soccer at St. Johnsbury 
Academy in VT, Jake (20) is a junior at BC, 
and Brittany is runner on the west coast for 

UC Riverside. They won the Southern CA 
regionals in giris cross country. 

Ann Key Lucas writes: "|As| a hockey 
mom who doesn't wear lipstick, I'm busy 
with 3 boys. John is a sophomore at the 
U. of Dayton and plays hockey for them, 
William is a senior in h. s. in the thick of 
the college application process, and Hunt 
is a freshman in h. s. In May my husband 
and I purchased a "fine meat shop" — for 
many of you, this translates into "corner 
neighborhood butcher shop." As crazy 
as it sounds, we're having a ball and are 
very much surviving working side by side. 
Cooking and barbequing has been a life- 
long passion of my husband's, and so we 
took the plunge. To those of you who own 
your own business, there are more upsides 
than downsides, in the end it's great. Our 
immediate goals are: to keep the refrigera- 
tor and smoker going. Our long-term goal 
is: a great little slice of Americana life," Ann 
was looking fonward to a great holiday sea- 
son "providing the turkeys and tenderloins 
for all the festive feasts!" 

Nanette Cooper Dumonteil has 
been found! (Tricia Terraneo Pompo was 
kind enough to send me Nanette's email 
address.) Nanette is still in Paris. After 
numerous summer visits, she found that "all 
I wanted to do every summer, when back 
in the U.S. for vacation with my French 
husband and 4 daughters, was shop for my 
flat coated retriever!" Thus came to be Chez 
le Chien 2 yrs ago. It's a "one of a kind" 
dog (and cat) accessory boutique for those 
that want to pamper their pets! "Paris has 
always been dog friendly and now it's even 
friendlier! Maybe an e-commerce will follow 
next; but for the moment, the boutique is 
keeping us pretty busy We're the official 
supplier to the Paris Ritz Hotel!" Nanette 
asks if there are any classmates in Paris. 
Feel free to contact me, or the Alumnae 
Office, for her info. 

Another business success story came 
in from Audrey Townsend Bertram She 
and husband Scott have an "LLBean-like" 
store, Townsend Bertram S Company in the 
Chapel Hill area ("very popular with the col- 
lege set and their parents"), which seems 
like a natural fit after hearing about their 
trip to the Dominican Republic where they, 
along with their 2 teenage daughters, "had 
plenty of hiking, biking, snorkeling, and 
learning to kite surf!" Audrey caught up with 
Kathy Jackson Howe, who filled her in on 
Reunion, during a great phone chat. (Check 
out the Web site for the shop. Audrey 
makes a great cameo appearance!) 

Word of how great Reunion '08 was 
spread far and wide Missy Powell Adams 
heard all the news from Mary Page 
Stewart. Missy mentioned that along with 
seeing everyone from our class, she'd like 
to see all of the renovations and additions 
on campus. "I keep hearing and reading 
about them; they sound quite extensive." 
She's "fine and still living in Baltimore with 

husband of 26-1- yrs." Their twin sons were 
21 on Thanksgiving Day Philip is a junior 
at use in L.A. and Whitman is a junior at U. 
CO in Boulder. While the boys enjoy going 
between CA and CO. Missy is "looking 
forward to them both coming home for the 

Barbara Behrens Peck writes from 
Greensboro that they're having fun being 
Tar Heel fans! Their oldest. Sarah, is a 
freshman at Chapel Hill, and 9th grader 
Haley keeps them busy with sports and 
school. Barbara's husband Jeff still travels 
periodically to Asia, but is home more often 
than not. "a nice change." Barbara hopes 
to get back to Hong Kong "before all of my 
ex-pat friends who live there move on to 
other exotic locations, as I miss that city 
and the wonderful friends we made there." 
She works part time at a small art gallery 
(Tyler White) and has been hired as a public 
art consultant ("who knew I could do this?") 
working with artists from around the coun- 
try who will be creating and installing public 
art along a greenway loop that is slated 
to be constructed around Greensboro. 
"Between that, my gallery days, kids, hus- 
band, and 2 dogs, I'm busy and happy!" 

Carol Cordell Mullins is in Denver 
where life is "quiet" with sophomore son at 
U. KS. Her work for the CO Bar Association 
CLE involves some travel, but she feels she 
rarely gets to see the outside of the hotel. 
Working with corporate sponsors for confer- 
ences, institutes, and symposiums keeps 
her hopping. "Please know how welcome all 
my SBC classmates are here with us in CO. 
Please call if you're headed this way" 

Catherine Taylor Moore's son, Lee, 
is a freshman at Appalachian State U., and 
Aynsley is in 6th grade. "I'm working part 
time as the Finance Director for Women In 
Need Of Sanity, that's right, WINDS (mw. 
winoshavefunxorrt). a company that carries 
cookbooks and accessories. Between that 
and shuttling Aynsley to dance practices 
and activities." she stays pretty busy 
Husband Bob accepted a new position as 
EVP for United Community Bank and travels 
around western NC. 

Dudie Himenz DiLeo works part time 
near home, with 2 college seniors, Dan and 
Laura. Laura is headed towards being a 
social worker at a pediatric hospital while 
Dan is still choosing his direction. Husband 
Tony works at an electric company as a 
tax researcher and planner. Dudie gets to 
see Ann Key Lucas and Cathy Mellow 
Golterman 1 or 2 times a year. Cathy is 
doing the college search shuffle with twins 
Catherine and Christen who are, luck- 
ily, looking close to home. The twins and 
Woody (sophomore in h. s.) play tennis so 
I'm sure Cathy keeps bouncing! Annual 
trips to Wl and Naples. FL, are a treat since 
she gets to see Ginny Craig and Ann Key 

Ellen Quinn Jones says: "All is well 
in Madison, VA. I'm still an elem. coun- 

selor, K-2 — a lot of fun. I teach Jazzercise 
classes a couple of days a week — a great 
experience. The kids are great. John (23) 
lives in Chicago and is a graphic designer. 
Adam (21) is a junior/senior at VT. My 
"baby" Kathryn (20) is a sophomore at 
Radford U. Hubby is doing great. We're 
making the best of the empty nest by taking 
road trips on our BMW motorcycle. We went 
to Niagara Falls and then cruised around 
the Great Lakes this summer. We stopped 
in Chicago and saw our oldest. It's a great 
way to see the sights!" With the empty nest 
there's plenty of space and Ellen hopes that 
anyone touring VA will look her up. 

Also in VA is Robin Jones Eddy. One 
of her highlights was a visit from Francie 
Root '80. "I love it that we've changed so 
little!" Since Reunion she had seen Lynn 
Spilman Williams (great time going over 
reunion "notes") and Liz Day Dalrymple. 
"I look forward to the summer weekend 
when she picks up son Jack at Camp VA. 
here in Rockbridge County." Robin's son 
Stets spent last year in New Zealand and is 
back at UNC, Asheville "(didn't have to pick 
too many Gala apples to know he wanted 
to go back to school!) If y'all have a kid 
who is interested in a work/travel program 
in various countries, B.U.N.A.C. (British 
Universities North American Colleges) is 
wonderful! Real estate is pretty flat, but at 
least I've gotten home projects done on the 
weekends. Come see!" 

News from the west coast! Holly 
McGlothlin moved from Lead Trainer to 
a newly created QA Manager in SF for 
AutoClerk, Inc. a software company that 
covers reservations and check-ins for small 
to mid-sized hotels. "Less traveling, but 
more responsibility. The job involves lots 
of testing, writing, and making sure the 
product that goes out to our customers is 
the best it can be. Quite a challenge, but I 
think it will be good." She hears regularly 
from Jane Mooney. Robin Behm and 
Andie Yellott 

Deb Davison Klein said that one of 
the highlights of this year was her trip back 
to VA for Reunion. "I forgot how beautiful 
it is at SBC. My husband Terry had never 
been to VA before, and he had the time 
of his life surrounded by wild women. He 
wants to spend more time back there, 
which makes me happy" They spent time 
in Boulder, CO, last spring where daughter 
Whitney graduated from U. CO. "We had a 
blast, like being back at college again. Bo 
and Whitney are out of college and Peter 
is a junior in h. s. Hope I survive!" After a 
busy summer, Deb has been working in a 
surprisingly busy CA Real Estate market, 
riding and showing horses, ("my passion 
even through SBC"), and going to the beach 
down the street 

Lee Corollo Boyes is riding again after 
coming through a 2nd round of chemo for 
breast cancer (with a great prognosis!), 
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"is helping a friend with big draft horses 
she uses for vaulting! It's amazing to see 
the kids doing gymnastics on the bacl< of 
a horse at a canter" Lee, who still teaches 
at the h. s. level, was kind enough to pass 
along Tricia Terraneo Pompo s email 
address. Tncia got married last Apr in 
Balboa Park in San Diego to Donato and is 
now the proud (step-) mom of Vinnie (20), 
studying film-making, and Tommy (16), in h. 
s, and president of the drama club, Vinnie 
made his 1st appearance on TV. Tricia is 
marketing director of Donato's business, a 
national consulting firm that investigates 
ceramic tile and stone installation failures. 
"It's amazing to me how many hotels, 
schools, malls, HOA's, residences, etc. have 
tiles cracking and coming off!" 

Susie Hudson remarks that "it seems 
like I'm watching the milestones of my sons 
these days, not my own." Not true! Susie 
changed jobs last Aug. and now works in 
a law office on Charlottesville's downtown 
mall. She loves the great working environ- 
ment and enjoys being close enough to 
walk to work. She travels "every chance I 
get, seems a good reason to keep working!" 
Susie got to St. Thomas and Spain last year 
and hopes Italy or Greece will be her next 
adventure, .depending on the dollar! 

Paula Brown Kelley reiterated the 
great time had at Reunion, from the party 
in Lexington, traveling with Jamie Murray 
Soper and Jack, to riding again on SBC's 
beautiful campus! "But, who was it who 
visited my room in the middle of the night 
to get the class banner, .Jackson, Cindy, 
and who else? That banner was created 
by Jamie and her neighbors, a work of 
art!" Paula is holding on to the banner until 
Reunion 201 3 so more of you will get to 
see it! Last summer Paula and family went 
on a driving tour of New England. "We 
expected to hear much groaning from our 2 
teens about this but, giving up all thoughts 
of protest, they plugged in their music and 
took in the sights!" They visited the Cape, 
Nantucket, and Hull, MA, and then headed 
to NY where they went to Paula's father's 
alma mater USMA. Her mother gave them 
a tour of West Point campus and showed 
them the special memorial dedicated to 
her father While in the area, they had 
lunch with Carey Johnson Fleming and 
son Ian. Paula's son JP is a junior in h. s., 
fascinated with guitar and passed his Eagle 
Scout Board of Review! Daughter Genny is 
in 8th grade, her last year in Catholic grade 
school before h, s, Genny still swims and is 
in honor band Paula and Jack enjoyed see- 
ing Liz Williams and Chuck, and Michelle 
Youree Hostler and Bobby at a birthday 
party held for Liz by a mutual friend at a 
vineyard in Clifton, VA. "Real estate is a 
challenge, but the D.C. area is still healthy 
Jack still manages a program monitoring 
rocket launches for NASA." 

Carey Johnson Fleming was looking 
fora/ard to going on the SBC alumnae tour 

to Tuscany with husband David (their 25th 
Anniversary), her mother and her sister 
Dana and husband. After returning, Carey's 
excitement from the trip carried over "It 
was such a diverse group of people." 
Alumni from Northeastern participated in 
the tour that went from Cortona to the sur- 
rounding cities of Perugia, Assisi, Florence, 
Montepulciano, and, Carey's favorite. 
Sienna. "The trip was so well planned and 
the lectures added to our understanding 
of the area. There would've been so much 
that we wouldn't have seen, or understood, 
otherwise!" (Having taken the same trip in 
'04 with Rick for our 25th, I'd 2nd those 
sentiments!) Carey and I, would strongly 
recommend any of the SBC trips to anyone! 
Her oldest son, David, graduated from Coll. 
of Charleston last May. 

Muffy Hamilton Parsons reports 
that this past summer "our younger son, 
Spencer played in 2 lacrosse tourna- 
ments in Baltimore, so I was able to see 
Mary Page Stewart, which was fun. The 
Stewarts are under construction, so 1 got 
to see what will be the new room. Plus 
Mary's son, George, stopped to say hi. 
Fall has brought junior yr and football for 
Spencer and James will be 21 this Dec. 
It's always fun to see Cindy McKay from 
time to time and she always has something 
interesting going." 

Mary Goodwin Camper attended 
"an amazing dinner party" given by Meg 
Richards Weidersiem for her and Mimi 
Borst Quillman and husbands. Meg and 
Mimi each have one out of college and off 
the payroll, while Mimi and Mary each have 
seniors (Ian Q. at JMU and Liz G, at UVA,) 
Meg and Mary have sophomores (Bill W. at 
GWU, and Carrie G. playing lacrosse at U. 
of Denver), Mary also has a junior in h. s., 
Jackie, and wonders "is empty nest a good 
thing?" It can be! Maria Rixey Camper 
and Mary had a great time tailgating with 
Maria's 3 Wahoos (Charles and Richard 
are juniors, Catherine is a freshman) and 
Mary's daughter Liz. Another Mary. Mary 
Gearhart, was disappointed not to have 
made it to Reunion. Her father had died and 
she chose to stay close to home, helping 
her mother through the difficult transition. 
Mary lives in Baltimore with son Coby (8) 
near family and friends, and works at the 
Bryn Mawr School as technical theater 
director during the school year During the 
summer she manages a private camp on 
Racquette Lake, NY. 

Katie Renaud Baldwin has adjusted 
to living in OR after her move from AK, but 
husband Gary had a hip replaced last fall. 
That has kept her busy. She plans to do 
some subbing in the schools. "Anybody 
have any connections in the teaching world 
in Lebanon, Albany or Corvallis, OR? I miss 
Petersburg, AK, but am happy to have a 
home and family living with me again as 
I was alone with just Emily, getting her 
through her senior year in h. s. last year" 

Ceci Garcia-Tunion Lear writes from 

ME that she and son Fred were heavily 
involved with the McCain-Palin faction for 
the election. Fred and his "crazy mother" 
attended the Palin rally in Bangor last Oct. 
"In addition to volunteering at the McCain- 
Palin-Collins VICTORY headquarters with 
said crazy mother for the past several 
weeks, "Fred was instrumental in the 'cre- 
ation' of a Debate Team (this should NOT 
come as a surprise to anyone who knows 
him) in his school this year, as one had 
never existed previously The members of 
this team (were) holding a debate between 
the McCain-Palin faction and the Obama- 
Biden faction 1 0/31 . Fred and his fellow 
McCain-Palin debaters met in the 'Lear 
Kitchen' (where all kinds of magic hap- 
pens!)." Ceci thought she was doing well 
to get there 1 hr before the rally, only to be 
over-ruled by the kids, who wanted to get 
there at 6 a.m. (for front row seats) for the 
9 a.m. rally Fred also plays h. s. football. 
Ceci sent great pictures of Fred about to 
clobber one of the sideline photographers! 

The Ann Thrash Joneses are happy, 
"healthy and working in Atlanta! Last Oct. 
Ann celebrated being a paralegal with 
Alston & Bird for 22 yrs. Bob is in-house 
counsel at Wendy's/Arby's group, Chris 
(26) passed his Level I Chartered Financial 
Analyst exam in Jun. and is in AR at 
ChoicePoint. Mary Pat (22) competes in 
bike races and triathlons, and is a sales- 
person for Blue Competition Cycles. The big 
news, however was that Mary Pat gradu- 
ated in '08 from SBC in 3 yrs, Summa Cum 
Laude and a Phi Beta Kappa, "Her father 
and I (who graduated 30 yrs before with 
no Laudes but big Thank the Lordys) were 
quite proud! It was a beautiful day and my 
sister Carole Thrash Collins, who graduated 
in '87 (yes, she had honors, too) was able 
to attend with her husband and 2 boys! My 
Dad wasn't able to attend, but I was able 
to give Mary Pat's classmates a bookmark 
with a poem that he had written," Ann was 
sweet to send me a bookmark as well. Oh, 
how the memories and tears swelled! 

Ann Yauger loved seeing everyone 
at Reunion! She decided to retire from the 
corporate world and now works at Saks. 
She's been "selling Ellen Tracy, Lafayette, 
etc., but am moving to the jewelry dept. this 
week! Yes, the economy is bad, but jewelry 
sales are up! So ladies, if you want/need 
anything, let me know!" 

Along with being out of school for 30 
yrs come wedding anniversaries! Anne 
Simmonds Lowe celebrated her 30th with 
Rick by going to The Bitter End Yacht Club 
in the BVI. "The favorite, daily activity was 
sailing all over the North Sound in a Hobie 
Wave, which is the smallest Catamaran, We 
plan to go back! I enjoy sailing my Sunfish 
sailboat on Lake Grapevine, a local lake 
near our home. We're new empty-nesters 
and are thankful to the Lord for tranquility 
at home and freedom to travel! Daughter 

Stephanie is a freshman, petroleum engi- 
neering major at TK Tech in Lubbock. Son 
Jeff (21) is working and has his own place." 

Betsy Hurley wrote that there was no 
news in her world, but that she was going 
to be in NYC over last Thanksgiving with her 
daughter (1 8), looking fonward to shopping 
in Chinatown. "What a world!" 

Cannie Crysler Shafer wrote "what's 
fit to print: I had fun seeing everyone who 
made it to Reunion! Win and I had a great 
summer working at camp with both of our 
children as full staff members, . .maybe 
the 1st and last time that will happen. Next 
summer Win and son Blake will hike the 
entire Appalachian Trail (leaving 3/7 from 
GA and will arrive in ME in Aug.!), and 
daughter Francie will be away working and 
studying for 6 mo. in Madrid, Our school. 
Episcopal Academy, built a new campus 
in 2 yrs; we were ready and moved to 
open in Sept, — an enormous undertak- 
ing and incredible experience. Win and I 
commute to work together again now that 
we're back on one campus! I try to get to 
Boston, or wherever, to see Francie row for 
Northeastern as often as possible. Blake 
is home, but works for an investment firm 
(great timing!) and plays men's league soc- 
cer. I've tried to go to his games and cheer 
quietly Indeed, life is good!" (Secretary's 
note: Got a chance to see Cannie and Win, I 
had fun distracting them from raking leaves 
one day, just before Win was off to ret a 
soccer game. Blake had returned, a little 
dirtier and sore, after playing in 3 soccer 
games that dayi) 

leke Osinga Scully was also "enter- 
ing a new chapter " applying to colleges for 
oldest Brendan (18). William (16), Kirk (12), 
and Brendan are busy with sports, music, 
scouts, and church, "therefore I am." A 
house renovation in CT is coming to an end, 
and leke says she has learned a lot about 
old houses! Husband Mark still works for 
Allianz in Munich, Germany, loves the job 
enough to put up with the commute, but 
works out of the house when stateside, leke 
is also involved in the Women's Praise Choir 
at church, "my 'thing' these days." 

Jamie Murray Soper had been busy 
at her Fieldstone Farm in CT 4 calves were 
born last summer and another Angus bull 
was added to the herd in fall. Along with 
additions to the animals, there were some 
losses. Just after returning from Reunion, 
Jamie and Jack had to put down dog Buddy, 
always sad. She says that the renovations to 
the house will be completed "by the time we 
are ready to retire to the condo!" 

It was fun reading about Melanie 
Bowen Steglich's trips to AZ. "In Tucson, 
we went on a 4-wheeler adventure in 
the desert and canyons. A blast! My SBC 
roomies would've loved to see me covered 
in dirt and dust. It took 2 hrs to scrub clean! 
Truly an adventure — dirt, dust, snakes, 
and all!" She was able to have lunch with 
Mary Moore Garrison, husband Michael 

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/ alumnae. sbc edu 

and mother. Mary was visiting family In TX, 
a real surprise to see tier all the way from 
the L,A7CA area. Melanie was planning to 
go to Ruidoso, NM, for Thanksgiving and 
then head to Highlands, NC. for Christmas 
with family. 

I still get to do a little bit of travel- 
ing with Rick, also a bonus of 'the empty 
nest,' which frequently makes it possible 
to see SBC friends. Our 3 sons are busy 
with their lives. Alex (27), Andrew (25), and 
Ned (20) are all relatively close, with Ned 
being the farthest away as a sophomore at 
Penn St. We see them occasionally, but not 
often enough. (I imagine many of us feel 
the same.) Their biggest excitement this 
fall was attending one of the World Series 
games together! They're all avid Phillies 
fans, I keep busy with subbing in m. and h. 
s. and various volunteer activities, but still 
consider my garden, my orchids (anything 
green, for that matter), and my knitting, my 
"therapy" The Siamese cats, Zoe and Mac, 
are fond of the knitting! 

Please feel tree to get in touch with me 
at any time. It's been great fun catching up. 
Hope this finds you all healthy and happy in 
the New Year! 


Ms. Graham Maxwell Russell 

525 S Flagler Dr 


West Palm Beach, FL 33401 


Lillian Sinks Sweeney 
74 Longuevue Dr. 
Pittsburg, PA 15228 


Claire McDonnell Purnell 
Four Thompson Street 
Annapolis, MD 21401 


Consuelo Michelle Martinez 
7007 North Tripp Ave. 
Lincolnwood.lL 60712 

In my last installment, I reported that both 
the Chicago White Sox and The Chicago 
Cubs were in 1st place in their division. We 
hoped for a cross-town World Series, alas, 
this never occurred, so there is always next 
year,, Sincere thanks to those who provided 

me with your autumn update. As always, it's 
a pleasure to read everyone's interesting 
news. I apologize if I don't reply to each of 
you personally to acknowledge your email. 
I always seem to be behind the 8 bail 
befv^een monthly business travel overseas, 
collecting, formatting, and submitting notes 
by the deadline. 

Always punctual, Deborah Bowman 
was the 1st reply thanks Deborah! Katie 
(1 2) went to sleep-away camp in ME for the 
1st time last summer; the family also vaca- 
tioned there taking a schooner cruise on 
the Isaac H. Evans, a historic and woman- 
owned-and-captained boat. Deborah still 
plays competitive tennis in a league and 
joined the local Arboretum board, of which 
Rhode Harris is president. While looking 
for part-time employment from home, ever 
the entrepreneur, Deborah currently buys 
and sells concert tickets on the computer 

Frances Ruth Fowler Bauerle writes 
from Athens, GA, where she returned to 
recuperate from the Beijing Olympics last 
summer Ruth attended and survived the 
opening ceremonies, various sporting com- 
petitions, including the women's swimming 
competition, husband Jack is the head 
coach for the team. 

It's never a dull moment for Monika 
Kaiser Neheim in FL. Son Julius continues 
to excel in math and science, while daughter 
Alexa studies musical theater and English 
at the U. of Miami, Frost School of Music, 
and lives less than an hour away, Monika 
teaches German, volunteers for Alexa 's old 
h. s., which Julius will attend next year and 
even helped out the Obama campaign by 
registering voters. Last summer, Monika 
visited her family in Germany as her father 
was gravely ill, back in the U.S. for 1 week, 
she received the call that he passed away. 
Monika did dream of her father 2 nights 
before he passed — he walked out of his 
bedroom and told her he was leaving 
now. Monika returned to Germany for his 
funeral and services. Later in Aug., husband 
Richard, Alexa, Julius, and Monika traveled 
back to Europe to see Richard's family in 
France and her mother in Germany. As 
Richard travels throughout the Caribbean 
and Central America, his frequent flyer miles 
came in handy this summer Our sincere 
condolences to Monika and the family. 

Kit Johnson Parks started an exciting, 
new e-commerce, reusable products com- 
pany called Ecoroot. Their star product Is a 
patent-pending reusable mesh bag. As Kit 
never had children, she claims the business 
has become her "baby" 

Life has been stressful for Cathy 
Miller, after back surgery she spent sev- 
eral months recovering and looks forward 
to getting back to work, horseback riding, 
and regular life. Fortunately Cathy's family 
is well; daughter Madeline made the varsity 
volleyball team, one of only 2 sophomores 
to do so, and enjoys playing with the team. 
She's turning 16 and excited with all that 

comes with that milestone. All (14) enjoys 
tennis and hopes to try out for the school 
team this spring. Cathy writes that both 
girls do well academically Husband David 
and she traveled earlier in the year to 
Croatia and found it a fascinating place for 
visit. If any alumnae are in the Yorktown.VA 
area, please be sure to call. 

Also in Virginia, Lucie Stephens 
Holland writes from Alexandria, where she 
works at The Potomack Company Auctions 
selling fine art and antiques. 3 other SBC 
graduates also work at the company includ- 
ing the company president, so it makes for a 
fun and rewarding environment. Should any- 
one be helping their parents downsize to a 
smaller house and sell things. Lucie asks to 
please email her at Lude@potomackcom- Son Carter (1 2) enjoys playing the 
violin and tennis. Husband of 25 yrs Steve 
is a journalist with Reuters and covered the 
presidential campaign spending much time 
with the candidates. 

Sending greetings from the land of hur- 
ricane Ike Nancy Trimble Howell writes 
that they didn't experience too much in 
Houston, They survived trees down and 
power outages for 2 wks and are thank- 
ful for generators! Othenwlse, Nancy says 
there's not much news to report. 

Grace, dignity, and her trademark sense 
of humor didn't affect Molly Finney Grenn 
in a year she wishes to forget. Last Feb., 
Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer, 
which she writes, "Rocked my worid!" Molly 
finished the grueling chemo and radiation 
treatments in Sept. and looks forward to 
moving on. Throughout the ordeal, Gracie 
(3), kept Molly so busy she didn't have time 
to think about what she was going through 
and for that she is blessed! Molly reminds 
us that every day we hear or read of the 
horrific statistics that 1 in 8 women are 
diagnosed with breast cancer She therefore 
encourages everyone to keep up with our 
mammograms and "stay on top of it!" We 
send our very best wishes to Molly, her 
wonderful husband Mike and little Gracie 
for a healthy happy, and serene 2009. 

Polk Green writes with good news. 
After 14 yrs, she and partner Kathy decided 
to move closer to Lynchburg, VA. 

Also on the move are Leslie Hertz 
Firestone and Bob who decided to leave 
San Antonio, TX. They've put their house 
on the market and look forward to Nov. in 
Cleveland, OH, with family and relocating 
the 80 lb. family dog from their home so 
their agent can show it more easily. Leslie 
writes that the S.A. market remains solid; 
however she asks classmates to please 
wish them luck. 

Wedding bells rang for Jennifer Rae 
and Luigi de Turro on 6/14/08 at the 
Village of Fnendship Heights, in Chevy 
Chase, MD. An outdoor ceremony was 
held on an English style patio, the weather 
cooperated — not too hot and no rain while 
Vivaldi played and Jenny walked down the 

aisle with her father Over 1 00 friends and 
family celebrated the nuptials. Dancing and 
the traditional bouquet toss were skipped, 
as Jenny didn't have the heart to break up 
the festivities while dining and conversing, 
she thought it wonderful to have all her 
friends and family together It was beneficial 
that Jenny is an event planner; she was 
able to orchestrate and execute the wed- 
ding exactly the way she wished, she even 
recorded music from vinyl records onto CDs 
for the evening's entertainment. We con- 
gratulate Jenny and Luigi and wish them 
many happy and healthy years together 

Rhoda Harris writes from Short Hills, 
NJ where life is speeding by and leaving 
her breathless. Rhoda and husband, Jim 
Irwin, have 3 boys; Carrick (12), Jarrod (10), 
and Quinton (8). Their days are filled with 
homework, play dates. Cub scouts, and a 
myriad of athletic events. Any free time that 
Rhoda has is spent at the local arboretum 
where she serves as the current president, 
a rewarding and challenging position. 
Rhoda is also on the board of directors 
of a non-profit organization that manages 
2 crisis centers for inner city teenagers 
who've suffered from abuse and neglect, 
this too is incredibly rewarding. Rhoda looks 
fonward to the next SBC event to see every- 
one, laugh, and relive the fond memories 
of pink- and green-ville. She sends fellow 
classmates a message she came across by 
chance. It's a quote found in a statement 
called Desiderata, found in old St. Paul's 
Church in Baltimore dated 1692. "...You 
are a child of the universe no less than 
the trees and the stars: you have a right 
to be here. And whether or not it is clear 
to you, no doubt the universe is unlolding 
as it should. Therefore, be at peace with 
God. Whatever you conceive Him to be, and 
whatever your labors and aspirations, in the 
noisy contusion of life keep peace with your 
soul. With all Its sham drudgery and broken 
dreams, it Is still a beautiful world. "We 
thank Rhoda for the inspiring message! 

Grateful she has survived the epicenter 
of financial crisis, mortgage planner Alice 
Elizabeth Anne Dixon says life hasn't 
been easy. After 23 yrs, Alice retired from 
refereeing college and h, s. field hockey and 
lacrosse. It was a difficult decision since 
it enabled her to return to campus several 
times a year where she even officiated 
Sweet Briar games! Ever the consummate 
athlete, Alice recently shot a career round 
of golf and won the 1st Flight of her club 
championship. Congratulations Alice! 

Another alumna on the move, 
Rosemary Hardy, moved to a new house, 
in Overland Park, KS (a suburb of Kansas 
City). She enjoys her new home located in 
a tranquil, pleasant area with many senior 
citizens as neighbors. She enjoys her job 
as a behavior specialist in the Shawnee 
Mission School District where she has been 
for almost 20 yrs and tries to keep in touch 
with Rebecca Hubert '83. 

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Winter 2008/2009 • 51 

Brianna Boswell Brown writes from 
Dallas, where she retired last spring from 
teaching pre-school, Brianna enjoyed the 
children although their helicopter parents 
much less. Eldest daughter Hannah is 
enjoying her freshman year at Hendrix 
Coll. in AR. The campus and school remind 
Brianna of SBC with its' Georgian architec- 
ture, beautiful foliage, and small classes 
with faculty who genuinely care about the 
students. 2nd daughter Sarah a junior at 
Hockaday, enjoying ballet and musical the- 
ater. She'd like to follow her grandfather's 
footsteps and be a pediatric surgeon. While 
son Matthew, a 7th grader at St. Mark's, 
plays lacrosse and runs cross-country, he's 
able to run 2 mi., in 1 1 :46. Always athletic, 
husband Randy cycles and hikes when not 
practicing law. The busy family was able to 
enjoy a much needed trip to Moab, UT, visit- 
ing Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. 

Pamela Walsh Warren writes from 
Topsfield. MA. She and Tom are grate- 
ful for the good health of son Grant (14) 
who underwent emergency surgery last 
year for a benign brain tumor. The family 
considers it a blessing to see him strong 
as ever on the baseball and soccer fields. 
Daughter Abigail (1 5) excels in school and 
with extracurricular activities and makes 
the family proud with her varied interests 
from swim team and guitar, to Model UN. 
Pamela works part time as a Visiting Nurse 
and especially enjoys working with the "90 
something" senior population. 

2008 was a year for global travel for 
Jean Von Shrader Byran as she traveled 
with the SBC group to Romania and Ukraine 
in Jul. Jean, her parents, and sister-in-law 
cruised the Black Sea and the Dniper River, 
ending in Kiev. A fascinating trip, Jean 
enjoyed the company of SBC President, 
Betsy Mulenfeld, art history professor Aileen 
Lang '57 along with some alumnae from the 
50s and 60s. Jean and husband Peter will 
celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary 
this Jul. Daughter Betsy is 18, son George 
16, and baby sister Anne is 15, all attend- 
ing the same h. s. in Norfolk, VA. The Bryan 
household is a busy one at 6:30 a.m., M-F. 

Beth Sheets Reed writes that it was 
great to spend time the past spring with 
Kelly Judson Jenkins while Kelly's son RJ. 
was looking at Sewanee. PJ. spent a day 
with Beth's son Matthew (sophomore at the 
time). She isn't sure if the boys had more fun 
than their mothers did! Beth writes that she 
and Kelly did Sweet Briar proud! 

Patricia Whelan Schenck is busy 
in Albuquerque as a professor of Spanish 
language and literature while husband Bob 
is chief of Orthopedic Surgery at U. of NM 
Medical Center and the head doctor for 
UM sports teams. Son Gus is enjoying his 
freshman year at AZ State-Tempe working 
towards a degree in secondary educa- 
tion; goddaughter Lillian is a junior at U. 
of CA-Berkeley studying for a degree in 
pschycology and social welfare. Helen is a 

52 • Winter 2008/2009 

senior at Sandia h. s. and the student body 
president, while twins George and Marion 
are also at Sandia as sophomores. Husband 
Bob celebrated his 50th birthday by hiking 
the Grand Canyon rim to rim with Marion. 
The pair started on the south rim at 6:00 
a.m. arriving at the north rim 1 2 hrs and 
22 miles later! Patricia and George drove 
215 mi. from Albuquerque and were there 
to pick up the tired but happy duo. Belated 
birthday wishes to Bob! 

Last but certainly not least, Leie 
Frenzel Casaiini writes from Indianapolis 
that all IS well on the home front. Son 
Eli (21) is taking a break from chemistry 
to study at St. Andrews U. in Scotland. 
Courses include Italian renaissance his- 
tory, history of the Roman Empire, and 
controversial ethics. LeIe wonders if he's 
playing more golf than studying as Eli 
currently ranks 3rd on the golf team, 
consisting of fellow players with a 4-7 
handicap! He'll return to IN U. to continue 
his chemistry major and prepare for the 
MCAT examinations next summer. Daughter 
Liza (20), returned to college this fall after 
a "sabbatical" last spring semester where 
she lived in Palm Beach, FL, with Leie's 
mother. Liza showed her horse all winter 
in Wellington, exercised horses for her 
trainer everyday with only Mondays off. She 
decided that school is a better option after 
putting in exhausting 12-14 hr days. Liza 
is studying psychology and sociology with 
the goal of being a therapist/social worker 
Daughter Sophie (16) is a junior at Brebeuf 
Jesuit Prep, and hopes to travel to India, 
Cambodia, and Africa. She spent 3 wks 
last summer in Africa with Ambassadors 
For Children and worked in orphanages 
and the street children of Eldoret. Sophie 
hopes to study medicine and global studies 
with the goal of working with an organiza- 
tion like Doctors Without Borders. LeIe 
has been working on her Pilates Master 
Certification in addition to teaching Pilates 
5 days a week. She's also helping a friend 
who opened a restaurant, which serves 
breakfast and lunch. To view photographs 
and menus, please go to wmi. Tulipnoircafe. 
com^ If anybody is in the Indianapolis area, 
LeIe invites you to stop for a cup of tea. She 
also added "Sorry Jean... no liquor license 
just yet!" and sends love to her classmates. 


Gary Cathcart Fagan 
329 Kelford Lane 
Charlotte, NC 28270 

As I sit here remembering the long cold 
winter months while sailing on The Pequod 
when everyone called me lshmael..,Wait a 
minute, those aren't my memories, sorry. 
Winter memories: The Sweet Tones singing 
carols in the refectory as I consumed what 

seemed a bottomless vat of stuffing and 
gravy. Driving cross-country on Jan. 2nd 
from Lincoln, NE, to SBC through every type 
of weather imaginable, but being too young 
to know to be nervous The 4 boys from 
Colgate who attended winter term our senior 
yr., taking Paula Campredon Snyder's 
"boyfriend" Phil barhopping in Lynchburg 
and showing him a real boy's night out. 
Good memories. Current news: I'm preg- 
nant! Just kidding, actually I'm anxiously 
awaiting the joys of post-menopause. My 
stepson, CJ (21) got married last year and is 
active in the U.S. Air Force. Husband Chris 
and I stayed in Charlotte for the holidays, but 
we hope to travel to Rochester, NY, either 
in May for the Lilac Festival or in Aug. for 
Chris' 25th h. s. reunion (yes, I'm a cradle 
robber). We hope to meet up with Wylie 
Jameson Small and Stuart while we're 
upstate. Now on to more interesting lives... 

Alice Cutting Laimbeer has been 
busy planning college visits with daughter 
Margot (a junior at Highland School where 
Alice taught for 15 yrs.). She had a fun 
weekend trip to Lexington last fall and the 
whole family is looking forward to another 
trip to Kenya and Zanzibar in the summer. 
Alice planned on spending New Year's with 
Lucy Chapman IVIillar with both "crews" 
at the Millar lake house. Alice still thinks 
about the fun all the gang had at Reunion 
last summer. 

Alicia Nygaard Formagus will be 
empty nesting after this year in Dallas, TX, 
William is an SAE at Furman in Greenville, 
SC. Thomas is being recruited by top col- 
leges to play football. Nace and Alicia look 
fonward to a life of travel, dancing, and 
romance! She writes that she misses and 
would love to see everyone! 

Amy Boyce Osaki is president of 
her own travel company Walking Softly 
Adventures, which creates wonderful 
memories for people on vacation. Last 
year she discovered "blogs" and is enjoy- 
ing taking photos and posting text from 
anywhere in the world: www.walkingsoWy. 
com/amy. 2008 was filled with trips to 
Holland, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Peru, Bolivia, 
Panama, and Japan. Husband John and 
daughter Heidi (8) are building a 4-bedroom 
Inn nestled in a village in southern Bulgaria 
(near the Greek border) open for business 
in '09. Amy says we're all welcome! She's 
learning Japanese (much harder than 
French); 46 hiragana characters, 46 kata- 
kana characters, and 2,000 kanji charac- 
ters. Amy thinks of SBC often and is hopeful 
that by the 50th Reunion she'll be able to 
read a Japanese newspaper! 

Barbie Esham Hart married Edward 
George Hart III (Duff) in '87 and has 4 
amazing children: Teddy (20), Harrison (1 8), 
Anna Elizabeth (12), and Olivia Perry (2). 
Barbie says the 18-yr span can be chal- 
lenging at times, but they're blessed! After 
transferring from SBC, she graduated from 
Rollins Coll. in '83 and continued study- 

ing Art History and Interior Design at the 
MD Institute of Art. To maintain her sanity, 
Barbie currently is taking grad courses 
in art history. She sees Wendy Chapin 
Albert and they enjoy civic opportunities; 
one of their favorite projects is maintaining 
the gardens at the House of Ruth (domestic 
violence center). Last fall was filled with 
college apps and planning daughter Olivia's 
birthday soiree! 

Betsy Birckhead Click is alive and 
well and still on Hilton Head Island after 
25 yrs! She's married with 2 sons (16, 11) 
and loves her work as an admin, assistant 
at their school. The boys keep her busy 
as does church and volunteering for the 
school. Betsy keeps in touch with Julia 
Bass Randall and Lizanne Schumacher 
Quinn. She was sorry to miss Reunion, but 
May was a crazy month for her They love 
the southeast and Hilton Head has been a 
wonderful place to raise a family! If anyone 
IS ever in the area she'd love for you to 
shoot her an email, 

Blair Clark Swoope still teaches h. 
s. math and physics, loves it! Daughter 
Allison graduated from VT in 5/08, daughter 
Kathryn (SBC '10) spent her Junior fall at 
St. Andrews, Scotland, and the 5 boys are 
all in h, s. (2 will graduate in '09). Blair 
loved her short visit at Reunion; it was great 
to see everyone' 

Bobbie Serrano Black took daughter 
Anna to Junior Senior weekend at SBC this 
past Oct. Her oldest, Elizabeth, will go off to 
college (somewhere) in fall and youngest. 
Grade, is in 8th grade. 

Cynthia Volk Meyerhoff resides 
happily in her hometown of NYC. She's 
the mother of 2 artists and one scientist. 
Cynthia runs the gallery Berwald Oriental 
Art. She specializes in eariy Chinese ceram- 
ics and works of art. The gallery is located 
at 5 East 57th Street. Cynthia welcomes 
visits and word from fellow alumnae. 

Deirdre Piatt is still in Ecuador! Or 
rather, returned to Ecuador 7 yrs ago after 
6 yrs in England. Recently they went on 
their 1st family holiday back to Europe with 
the 3 children who live with them (ages 12, 
8, and 4). The 4-yr-old was born in Ecuador, 
Deirdre reports that while in England she 
and Richard Lunniss got married after 1 7 
yrs together! It was a small event squeezed 
into a busy month, but it was beautiful and 
moving. In Ecuador the wife keeps her last 
name which makes Deidre happy to be 
Deirdre Piatt of Lunniss. She keeps herself 
busy as an ecologist, and Richard is an 
even busier archaeologist (an expert on the 
region). Deirdre's oldest, Tanya, is currently 
a junior at SBC, Tanya is studying cinema 
and theatre and loves SBC. Deidre looks 
forward to Tanya coming home to Puerto 
Lopez for Christmas. While at home, Tanya 
did some filming for her honors thesis in 
the city of Cuenca (where she lived her 1 st 
year after being born in France). Deidre 
says that they live a rather rural and primi- 

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tlve life on the coast, and if anyone is plan- 
ning a holiday in Ecuador let her know! 

Diana Duffy Waterman went on a 
hunting adventure last fall to Saskatctiewan 
(primarily to keep her husband company). 
She was concerned how she'd survive 
a week without Internet and limited cell 
phone! Diana had an extremely busy '08 
as her county's campaign coordinator for 
McCain/Palin and their local congressional 
campaign. On the home front, Diana's 
daughter Caty (1 1) is spending spring 
semester in Seville. Diana and Barry hope 
to visit her over Easter She writes that 
it will be strange to have Caty out of the 
country for a whole semester Diana's son 
will graduate from Seton Hall in 5/09. 

Ellen Chaney Webster's 2 sons are 
both in school all day (Andrew in 2nd grade, 
Robbie in kindergarten). Both boys are 
taking Judo classes and love it! Andrew is 
also in Cub Scouts. Ellen does volunteer 
work for various organizations; school PTA, 
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and in 
'08 working for the Obama campaign. She's 
been attending seminars (freelance writing), 
and does gardening. Ellen enjoyed seeing 
everyone at Reunion, and if anyone is visit- 
ing the D.C. area please give her a call! 

Gigl Harsh Mossburg is loving life 
right now. Her oldest son turned 1 3 in 
Nov. and her youngest will be 11 . Gigi and 
husband are busy with their jobs and thank- 
ful to be working. For 8 yrs she's been a 
design consultant for the largest importer of 
tile in the Northeast U.S. Anywhere some- 
one wants tile Gigi gets to design it. She 
says their lives revolve around football, bas- 
ketball, and baseball practices and games 
going from sport to sport. In her spare time 
(like she has any) Gigi stays active with her 
church, PTSO meetings and chaperoning 
for field trips for her youngest son In 5th 
grade. Anytime someone is in the Annapolis, 
MD area, give her a holler 

Katharine Robison Davey spent most 
of '08 traveling the globe. She visited Kenya 
and Greece. In Nov Katherine visited her 
daughter Laura Katherine in Copenhagen 
where she was spending the 1 st semester 
of her Junior yr. Laura Katherine will be 
back at Wake Forest for the 2nd semester 
after she celebrates her 21st birthday in 
Rome. Katherine's middle child, Ebet, is a 
freshman at SBC, loves it! Son Marshall is a 
Junior in h. s. Katherine teaches private art 
lessons periodically and is busy volunteer- 
ing. Husband Drew continues his practice of 
Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care and 
is always busy Katherine was sorry to have 
missed Reunion and had hoped to be there. 

Kathy Barrett Bal<er had a blast com- 
piling our class' Christmas cards and con- 
tinues to enjoy working on our scrapbooks. 
She's now able to receive and print photos 
online, too cool! She wants everyone to 
send photos to Kathy 
and Jim enjoy their 3 grandchildren, Ashlyn 
(9), Ethan (6), and especially Elle (9 mo.). 

"the cutest best baby." It's all about Hannah 
Montana and Spiderman. Kathy entertained 
and traveled a lot in '08; Pawley's Island, 
Charleston, St. Martin, and OBX. She and 
Jim go to local auctions collecting American 
Art. They walked into a new auction house 
(Potomack & Co) in Old Town, DC, and ran 
straight into Tresy Robinson Hillyer who 
works there! For Christmas, Kathy plans to 
donate her unsold books (signed, wrapped 
with ribbons) to local nursing homes. Kathy 
writes, "remember, family and friends are 
forever," and we're so lucky to have SBC 
friendships from when we were 18 yrs 
young. Happy, happy and Merry, merry to 
everyone from Kathy. 

Kim Howell Franklin and family 
took a fantastic hut-to-hut backpacking 
trip last Aug. to Presidential Mountain 
Range of NH's White Mountains. She was 
happy they made it out unscathed as the 
hike is considered one of the top 10 most 
dangerous. Mt Washington is notorious for 
quickly changing and worst weather in the 
U.S.! Kim is still at Booz Allen Hamilton 
in McLean, VA, working as a Domestic 
Relocation Specialist. Daughter Isabelle (12) 
is in m. s. ("yikesl"). She was sorry to miss 
Reunion, but work got in the way Kim plans 
to go home to Savannah lor the holidays. 

Leslie Wright Root and Randy (W&L 
'83) are still in Dallas, TX. In Nov. they cel- 
ebrated their 24th wedding anniversary by 
sailing the BVIs (without kids, cell phones, 
and computers)! Leslie enjoys being a stay- 
at-home mom, and spends her free time 
volunteering and playing tennis. Oldest Kyle 
Is a sophomore at U. of San Diego studying 
business and playing lacrosse. Leslie and 
Randy love San Diego and try to visit a cou- 
ple times a year Their other son, Devin, is 
a freshman at Dallas Lutheran Prep School. 
He keeps busy with football, lacrosse, and 
playing bass guitar Randy has enjoyed a 
long career with Westwood Holdings Group 
and is SVP for Westwood Trust. Leslie 
has stayed in touch with Patty Sheehy 
Rogers. Patty married Rich Rogers, a pro- 
fessional equestrian. They run a successful 
show barn. Branch Hill Farm in Loveland, 
OH (suburb of Cincinnati). Patty tells Leslie 
that they may not have children, but they 
have a barnful of kids who she claims as 
her own — and that's enough! Leslie hopes 
all is well with everyone! 

Mandy Beauchemin Frohn has been 
looking to purchase a summer home in 
the Berkshires of MA. The hot summers 
(and hot flashes) have made Mandy ready 
to head for the frozen tundra of AK! Son 
Zach (1 5) is a freshman in h. s. planning 
to attend the Merchant Marine Academy in 
NY after graduation. Husband Eric and she 
are proud of their straight "A" student. Eric 
keeps busy as CEO of a radiology group 
in Port Chariotte, FL. They're planning a 
trip in the spring to AZ. Zack is a big Wyatt 
Earp fan, so their adventure will begin in 
Tombstone and end at the Grand Canyon. 

Martha Riggs Lowry is still in 
Winston-Salem, NC, and working as an 
Interior Designer with her business Design 
of the Times, Inc. Martha tutors Hispanic m. 
s. students twice a wk. She was sad to have 
missed Reunion, but hopes to make it back 
to SBC soon The most exciting news is that 
Martha's husband Ron celebrated the 7th 
anniversary of his kidney/liver transplant! 

Mary Ann Albright is a Chicagoan 
and still operating her business. Culinary 
Journeys. She was in Bavaria in Oct. 
and researching a trip to Argentina at an 
Estancia in the Pampas in Nov In '09 she'll 
be leading a trip for 8 clients to Sicily with 
excursions to Malta and Tunisia. Mary Ann 
wants to send a "shout out" to Cameron 
Buchannon Laird '86, Stiriing Cassidy Smith 
'81 , Mckenzie Reed van Meel '86, and is 
waiting on Libby Glenn Fisher to pay her 
a visit in Chicago. 

Mary Pope Hutson loved seeing so 
many friends at Reunion and is hopeful to 
have even more classmates come back for 
the 30th! She's busy working for the Land 
Trust Alliance supporting the great work of 
all land conservation groups in America that 
protect land. Mary Pope is playing a lot of 
tennis to keep sanity in these tumultuous 
times for non-profits. She travels extensively 
around the country to see the land trusts, 
so don't be surprised if she lands on your 
doorstep. Everyone is welcomed to visit 
Mary Pope in D.C! 

Mason Bennett Rummel went back 
to grad school in Jan. Her degree will be 
an Executive M.A. in Philanthropic Studies, 
which relates to her career at the Brown 
Foundation. Son Bennett and his girlfriend 
traveled to China over Christmas to meet her 
family Daughter Annie loves being in music 
school at Butler U. and Emma, a junior in h. 
s., got her driver's license last fall. Mason 
and Rick are great, enjoying their dogs and 
having Emma still at home. They're still 
(constantly) working on the restoration of 
their home, but hoping to take a skiing trip 
in Feb. and possibly a sailing trip in the 
summer. Mason wrote that even in KY they 
were dramatically affected by Hurricane Ike 
last Sept., hurricane force winds, thousands 
of trees down and 300,000 people lost 
power They were forced to live on a genera- 
tor for 7 days, totally wilcf. 

Melissa Pruyn Vaughan lives In CO 
with husband Win (W&L '84) and daughters 
Virginia and Grace. They moved there 5 yrs 
ago for Win's job, love it! Skiing, hiking, bik- 
ing, you name It — CO has it all. Melissa left 
the garment industry 5 yrs ago and is now 
teaching yoga at local studios. The family 
traveled to NY for Thanksgiving and was 
in Winter Park, CO, for Christmas. Melissa 
loves life and would love to share her beau- 
tiful CO with anyone who wants to visit! 

Mimi Kitchel DeCamp is well in 
Nashville. She still sells real estate, so if 
anyone is thinking of moving to the area, 
keep her in mind. Mimi has an h. s. senior, 

so last fall they were in the middle of col- 
lege search stress. They're hoping by the 
time this prints, they'll have survived and 
will be sending one off happily to college. 
Mimi praises Vanderbilt, and if anyone is 
looking at visiting the school with one of 
their own children she'd love to see you. 

Miriam Baker Morris and husband 
Clay have mixed emotions about becoming 
empty-nesters in May Sally is a senior in 
h. s. and Claiborne is a sophomore at the 
U. AL. Miriam saw Mimi DeCamp over the 
Labor Day weekend which was fun! Miriam 
hopes that a new lifestyle will allow them to 
spend a lot more time at the lake! 

Rexanne Baker lives in Alpharetta, 
GA, with her husband who is recovering 
from cancer, getting stronger weekly. Their 
son went off to college 2 yrs early, and 
since he was home-schooled for the other 
1 1 yrs, it's been a big change — they miss 
him terribly Rexanne Is studying to be a 
Healing Touch practitioner and working with 
her husband's construction company in the 
meantime. Rexanne hopes everyone is well. 

Sarah Babcock Is still working as 
Chief of Education & Training for the 
Richmond SPCA, heading up their humane 
education, volunteer behavior helpline, In- 
house training, and public class programs. 
Sarah is teaching about 12 agility classes 
a week, plus an evening class ("Canine 
Logic") for the U. of Richmond most semes- 
ters. She's trying (slowly) to renovate an 
old farm and farmhouse near downtown 
Richmond, and is training her 6 (!) dogs as 
time allows! The highlight of last year was 
when 3 of her dogs were selected as win- 
ners In the national cover dog contest for 
The Bark magazine, and the other 3 dogs 
were featured on the inside pages. Sarah 
Is still riding a horse in the Tournament of 
Roses parade on New Year's Day, which she 
has been doing for 1 8 yrs! She was sorry 
to have missed Reunion, but would love to 
hear from SBC friends during the year 

Sarah Sutton Brophy, husband 
Michael, and son Parker (1 5) love living in 
Easton, MD. Son Taylor (1 8) moved on to 
Drexel's engineering program and thinks 
he has died and gone to heaven. Sarah's 
book The Green Museum: A Primer on 
Environmental Practice written with col- 
league Elizabeth Wylie, is a "bestseller" in 
museum terms! Sarah is thrilled to have 
been asked to join the Tusculum Advisory 
Board. This means more visits to SBC and 
to Sarah Babcock's house in Richmond on 
the way! 

Sharon Johnson Lewis is still living 
in the metropolis of Mineral, VA, surrounded 
by cows and trees. She and hubby cel- 
ebrated their 4th anniversary; she has 3 
grandchildren (without having to go through 
the childbirth herself)! Professionally 
Sharon has done "a little bit of everything," 
from running her own retail shop to being a 
Project/Sales Manager for a small builder 
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seeking new employment to begin a great 
new career that would take tier into retire- 
ment, Ttiey celebrated their 2nd Christmas 
in their new house (new to them) with their 
at-home family consisting of 6 dogs, 3 cats, 
and 9 chickens! Sharon wants to send a 
"shout out" to her long lost buddies from 
the classes of '83 and '84! 

Stephanie Frantz Snyder is in 
her 5th yr of teaching 6th grade at New 
Covenant Christian School in Lebanon, PA, 
Son Russell graduated valedictorian from 
the school in '08 and is a freshman major- 
ing in International Relations/Russian at 
Lehigh U, Stephanie's daughter Chicory is 
a junior at the school, so last fall she was 
once again in the midst of college visits. 
Husband Ken is a radiological technician at 
a local outpatient clinic, Stephanie writes 
the highlight of last year was a family trip 
to Ukraine where they taught English to 
Ukrainian children for a week at a day- 
camp sponsored by a church in the south- 
ern city of Kherson, 

Susan Hughes Huffman is no longer 
a classroom teacher, but is now Tye River's 
Library Media Specialist, Husband Roger 
retired and is busy at home working on 
their business Maple Run Woodworks. 
Susan and Roger do custom picture framing 
and custom furniture, Susan writes that her 
little shadow at SBC, Amy, is all grown-up 
and living in her grandparents' home, 
Susan and family remain healthy and happy, 

Tracy Gatewood says Hello from 
Birmingham, AL, where she's a marketing 
consultant specializing in real estate and 
retail clients. She received her AL Real 
Estate license in 1 2/07 and has taken 2 
courses toward the designation of Certified 
Commercial Investment Member Tracy 
stays in touch with Penney Parker Hartline 
'84 and Lochrane Coleman Smith '76 in 
Birmingham and numerous classmates, 
Tracy sends her best wishes to all of her 
SBC Classmates' 

Wylie Jameson Small still works 
(very part time) as a computer training 
consultant and full time as a mom to a very 
active teenage son and 2 very active dogs. 
The family is looking forward to traveling to 
Hilton Head in the spring where Wylie hopes 
to see Melissa Byrne Partington and her 
family, Wylie is on Facebook and encour- 
ages all '83ers to |Oin! 

Lee Anne MacKenzie Chaskes and 
family are well and thriving in kooky FL! 
She still remembers how wonderful Reunion 
was and is thankful for all the efforts the 
class put in, enabling us to set giving 
records (what a fabulous group of ladies)! 
Lee Anne's oldest, Will, after studying 
abroad in China last fall, will return in the 
spring to complete his 3rd yr. at West Point, 
2nd son Robert competed in the FL State 
Gold Championships last yr and has been 
accepted to H-SC, starting in fall, 3rd son 
Adam is a happy 2nd-grader Rob and Lee 
Anne celebrated their 23rd anniversary last 

year She keeps busy, but is most thankful 
that she doesn't have to look at a college 
application until 2018, 


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11 Harbour Rd 
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Mrs. Jean G. Guergal 
3641 Elderberry PI 
Fairfax, VA 22033 

Mala Free Jalenak 
605 Camelia Ave. 
Baton Rouge, LA 70806 

Kelly Meredith lacobelll reports Ellyn 
Palermo Theophilopoulos gave birth 
to her 5th child on 9/1 1 ! Ellyn and her 
husband add Maximos Joseph to Joi, 
Ty, Alex, and Drew, Kelly, husband John, 
and Kathleen (6) had a great time at SBC 
Homecoming, They enjoyed attending sport- 
ing events to cheer the Vixens to victory and 
said the alumnae vs, students field hockey 
game was the most fun, Kelly writes "the 
walk to monument hill was rained out, but 
Founders' Day was just like we remember 
it with all the faculty members and seniors 
in their academic robes. The cardboard 
boat regatta was a hoot! Everyone cheered 
for the engineering students who created 
boats that raced to victory before sinking. 
President Muhlenfeld arrived in a huge 
soapbox derby pink shoe car that several 
students created. Where else would you 
find a college president willing to ride in a 
huge pink shoe!" Kelly met with the busi- 
ness advisory board that helps current 
students decide on their career plans. She 
and her family also attended Dr Lincoln 
Brower's lecture on "The Grand Saga of the 
Monarch Butterfly" The highlight of the 
weekend was the Sat, evening dinner and 
dance in Prothro, She noted "the band was 
great, but dancing with the current stu- 
dents was fabulous!" Kelly also mentioned 
that reunion every five years is great, but 

that everyone should consider coming to 
Homecoming, The experience is very dif- 
ferent: the campus is buzzing with current 
students and alumnae, 

Eden Zuckerman Brown retired from 
being a psychologist and works full time as 
a film-student and independent filmmaker 
She's in pre-production for a short film that 
she wrote and hopes to finish this year 
She's also working on a documentary. She 
writes "All in all, life is a blast!" 

Melinda Sher moved to Asheville, NC, 
and is working on a 2nd degree at UNCA in 
Environmental Ecology and Biology, enjoying 
it very much. 

Denlse Landau Blind writes "All is 
well, but busy here in NJ! It was fun seeing 
everyone at Reunion, and I look forward 
to 25! Fred and I celebrated our 18th 
anniversary! Our kids keep us busy and 
entertained." Her son Tyler started h. s. in 
fall, and daughter Chelsea goes to m. s. 
Denise was pleased that a h. s. student she 
rides with went to look at SBC based on 
her recommendations, loved H, and made it 
her 1 St choice. Denise and Fred are looking 
forward to a 2-wk trip to HI in Feb. 

Susan Detweiler is only going to 
Antarctica for 2 mo. this year in an effort to 
have more of a life at home in Jackson Hole, 
WY, She'll be guiding climbers this time, 
not scientists, then teaching winter ecol- 
ogy for Prescott Coll. in the Tetons (Rocky 
Mtns in WY) in Jan., then probably guiding 
rock climbers in the desert In spring. She's 
looking fonward to being around to ski this 
winter and having more balance between 
the magic of Antarctica and her amazing 
home region. She still loves the outdoor 
seasonal lifestyle. Let her know if you ever 
visit the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone area 
with your family! She enjoys keeping track of 
ciassmates via Facebook. 

Scarlett Roitman recently met with 
Barbara "BambI" Middleton and Rob 
in London. She says Bambi and Rob are 
moving to London later in the year Scarlett 
noted that Bambi hasn't changed a bit 
and has a baby boy (18 mos.) Scariett's 
eldest Clarissa (1 9) is on her gap year, 
and her other 2 girls, Eloise (9) and Anais 
(19 months), keep her on her toes. She 
still works with husband Mark on prop- 
erty projects in London, St. Lucia, and in 
Southern Portugal. 

Tracy Tigerman Shannon is in 
her 19th year of teaching 3rd grade in 
Brookneal, VA. Daughter Kaitlyn (6) is in 1st 
grade and son Ryan (13) is in 8th. Husband 
John works at a hotel doing auditing. 

Jennifer Crawley Lewis reports from 
Palm Beach where she lives with husband 
Max and daughter Diana who is in the 2nd 
grade at Rosarian Academy. They spend 
their summers and holidays at their 2nd 
home in Asheville, NC. 

Mary Halliday Shaw says twins Mike 
and Jack are preparing for the SATs and 
are starting to look at colleges. 

Kelly Brown Varga lives in NJ. She 

enjoys teaching art and being back in the 
USA after time abroad. 

Caroline Corum saw Beth Stookey 
Sargent and family in Aug. when she was 
in D.C. She keeps in touch with Cecilia 
Moore and RaptI de Silva— they're doing 
great. Cecilia writes has been canvassing 
for the Obama and Biden ticket. It's been 
great fun and inspiring, too. 

Zandra Y. Taylor writes from Atlanta 
that she can't believe it's been 1 8 yrs since 
she began teaching dance in DeKalb County 
School System's visual and performing arts 
magnet program to students in grades K-7. 
She notes "time flies, especially when you 
love what you do!" She recently received 
the education specialist degree in educa- 
tional and teacher leadership (Summer '08) 
and certification in educational administra- 
tion and supervision (Summer '07) from 
Mercer University. She hopes to begin work 
on the Ph. D. in curriculum and instruction 
beginning in fall '09. 

Heidi Metzger Potter says that 
after working 3 yrs part time for Junior 
Achievement, she has accepted a position 
to be director of their BizTown program 
designed for 5th and 6th graders. It teaches 
financial literacy, business readiness, and 
entrepreneurship. "It's a wonderful program 
reaching 3,000 students a year and grow- 
ing. It's great fun and high energy! I love it!" 
She writes that sons Andrew (15) and Collin 
(1 2) are growing up too fast. "Andrew is a 
sophomore in h. s. and will be driving in few 
short months. I'm still not sure how I feel 
about that- Both play travel hockey, which 
makes for busy weekends, but they enjoy 
it and are doing well. In addition, Andrew 
plays varsity hockey and baseball for school 
and Collin plays m. s. hockey, travel base- 
ball, and golf. Things are busy, as they are 
for everyone, but we're doing great!" 

Kathryn Derlso-Schwartz was sorry 
she couldn't make it to Reunion. She writes 
that her husband almost died and was in 
the hospital for 5 wks with acute pancreati- 
tis. Thankfully, he gets stronger every week. 
Daughter Kacki left h. s. early after her 
sophomore year and is at Dade Community 
Coll. in the school for advanced studies. In 2 
yrs she'll graduate with an AA degree at age 
18 then go off to college. Twins Burgen and 
Webb turned 14 and Chandler is 9. She's 
busy helping with their school's (St.Thomas 
Episcopal) annual golf tournament. She says, 
"If anyone is in Miami please look me up 
(786.877.3754). I can't wait for our 25th." 

Kathryn Ingham Reese teaches m. s. 
English at Tower Hill, loves it! She coaches 
m. s. volleyball and lacrosse. She has 2 
daughters Landon (8) and Elliot (6). She 
writes "I love reconnecting with SBC buds 
through Facebook" and "go Phillies!" (The 
Phillies won the Worid Series!) 

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headed to Charleston, SC, for a girls' 
weekend in Nov. Beth enjoyed visiting 
with Kem McCoJd Roth when she was 
In London recently and she keeps up with 
Lisa Haggart Arnold and Paigle Apple 
Montinaro — they're doing great, 

Martha Graeber Thomas reports 
from Tyler, TX, that daughters Kaitlin (1 7) 
and Elizabeth(15) are in h. s. and looking at 
colleges "so I must be old now," Her girls 
will be in D.C. for the inauguration, which 
scares her because they'll be half way 
across the country. She notes that they're 
more excited about attending the ball after- 
wards, Martha and Mike have been married 
for 22 yrs and are still going strong, which 
she says helps with 2 teenage girls trying 
to spread their wings. Mike works for US 
Federal Probation; she's with AFLAC. 

Stephanie Wilt Smirnov says: 
"Things are great in and around the Big 
Apple — work is great at DeVries Public 
Relations, I enjoy and am challenged by 
my new role as president. Son Terry (6) 
is busy with kindergarten, visits from the 
Tooth Fairy, and, of course, his Nintendo 
DS! I'm prepping for a trip to Boston next 
month for an executive training program 
at the Harvard Business School — thought 
for old time's sake I'd show up for class in 
my SBC sweatshirt with a grain cup full of 
Diet Coke, but then thought perhaps that 
wouldn't make such a good impression on 
my fellow classmates!" 

Jeanne Rovics Mexic writes "I still 
work for Hilton Hotels Corp. and love my 
job." This year her work has taken her to 
Cairo, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Prague. San 
Juan, Las Vegas, Barcelona, and other 
locations. She enjoys spending time with 
Kristen Randolph. Kristen and 2 of her 
3 boys, Ranny (12) and Peyton (6), spent 
time in Duck, NC, over the summer with 
Jeanne's family. Jeanne said son Blake (1 0) 
had fun with Kristen's boys. 

Elizabeth Belser Kistler writes "Hello 
to all my classmates. I was so sorry to miss 
Reunion. I had a trip planned eariier with 
National Geographic to Baja which was an 
amazing experience. We saw many types of 
whales, lots of dolphins, sea lions, and tons 
of different types of birds. We traveled to 
Angel Fire, NM, this year for a ski trip. We 
love NM! Lauren Is attending McCracken 
Junior High now (7th grade) and Sam Is 
In 4th grade at Pine Street Elem. They're 
growing up fast. I'm applying to graduate 
school at Converse Coll. in Spartanburg for 
my marriage and family therapy degree. I 
look forward to this experience. I want to 
send a special hello to Christina Savage 
Lytle and Kristen Whitney Lowrey '87. 
Please check out Facebook. I've recon- 
nected with many old friends this way!" 

Tina Savage Lytle reports that, the 
more she thinks of It, the more her news 
has to do with what her kids are doing 
than what she's doing. She's the PTA past 
president this year at her daughters' school 

and that it's nice noHo be ultimately in 
charge this year She reports "I'm doing the 
usual stuff — book group, running my kld- 
dos around, trying to train the dog (or he's 
training me). I'm spending way too much 
time keeping up with everyone's minutia 
on Facebook. Love it! Facebook Is one of 
the best things to happen as a result of 

I agree! I've had a great time with 
Facebook since I logged on for the 1st time 
for Reunion. I'm excited about the presiden- 
tial election. I remember how exciting it was 
to vote In my 1st election our freshman year 
(by absentee). My kids. Jack (1 5) and Nina 
(9) keep me busy I'm enjoying working as 
a museum accreditation coordinator and 
helping with the organization of an antiques 
forum in Baton Rouge In spring. If anyone is 
in LA, come see me In Baton Rouge. 


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Miss Emmy S. Leung 
Richmond, VA 23235 

Can you believe our 20th Reunion is 
approaching? It seems like we were just 
at Sweet Briar! Our classmates have been 
busy; here are the updates I have received. 

Stacey Hannan Quinn Is an active 
mom in Boca Raton, FL, volunteering as 
homeroom mother. Brownie Girl Scout 
leader, and helping out at her daughters' 
school. After school, Courtney (8) and Caitlln 
(5) go to gymnastics, ballet, and art classes. 
Husband Mike coaches both girls' soccer 
teams. Stacey is serving her 3rd year on 
the Board of Directors of the Junior League 
of Boca Raton. 

Chistina Stoltz Feldkamp is complet- 
ing an M.A. in Early Childhood Education 
with U. of Phoenix. She's begun student 
teaching with 4th grade at the same school 
that daughter Ariel attends. Ariel is in 2nd 
grade; they love going to school together and 
seeing each other during the day! Christina 
will be a certified teacher by spring '09! 

Beth Hodgkins Green lives happily in 
Hilton Head Island, SC, where she moved 
her business in '05, when she decided 
that winter up north is for-the-blrds! Beth 
is a music specialist/therapist at 9 schools, 
children's choir director at 3 churches, and 
is founder/director of a performing arts 
school, where she teaches after-school 
dramatic arts and private vocal coaching 
classes. Beth's lullaby CD; "Lullabies; A 
Haven of Harmonies," won a 2nd national 
award. Visit mvw.s/ngteppy. com to have 
a listen! Son Michael Is taller than Mom 
and loves 7th grade. After 4 yrs of play- 
ing drums, he switched to trumpet, and 
is involved in Drama and Scouts, With the 

"Music Lady" as his mother, he'd have to 
be musically inclined. As a postscript, Beth 
lovingly reminds us all "to get those mam- 
mies grammed!" 

Raquel Hickman Thiebes and fam- 
ily have moved to Stuttgart, Germany She 
works for the USO Stuttgart and is the 
senior advisor for the 1 st Battalion 1 0th 
Special Forces Group Family Readiness. 
Husband George is the commander of this 
forward deployed battalion. When George is 
not deployed, they love traveling throughout 
Europe with sons Alex and Tias. If you are 
traveling to Germany, please send them an 

Wendy Hastings and husband Yefri 
Lobo celebrated their 3rd anniversary. 
Wendy is serving her 3rd term as Sullivan 
County Coroner (PA) and is still employed 
as the EMS Program Manager for the LTS 
EMS Council 

Sarah Anderson Stanton lives the 
farm life in Deary, ID, teaching riding les- 
sons when not teaching music, both piano 
and flute. Murray has become a full-time 
farmer and Stanton Farm has continued to 
grow and develop. They built cross-country 
courses over the past 4 yrs and finished 
the stadium arena in time to hold the 1st 
Stanton Farm Horse Trials this year Their 3 
sons have their own ponies and enjoy rid- 
ing and competing, among other activities. 
Gray (1 0) plays trumpet and guitar and is 
in 5th grade, Olav (8) plays guitar and Is in 
2nd grade, Carl (2) is working on all sorts 
of things! 

Andrea Williams Oakes lives in 
Staunton, VA, She has 3 children— 2 
daughters and a son. She and Kenneth 
celebrated their 1 6th wedding anniversary 
Andrea was elected as the newest Staunton 
City Councllwoman. 

Ellen Duffie-Fritz lives in Chesterfield 
County, VA, with husband Keith and 3 
daughters; Amanda (15), Brittany (13), and 
Charlotte (10). She continues to follow a 
direct marketing career for a leading multi- 
channel retailer, exploring new social media 
and one-to-one customer communications. 
She's active In her church through volunteer 
work with the children and youth groups 
and missions. 

Kimberly Willock Pardiwala married 
Cyrus in '04 and moved from Manhattan 
to Westchester County, NY. They love liv- 
ing by the Long Island Sound with the 
city just minutes away. Kimberly still 
runs her Broadway business from home. 
They visit with Heather Daly Jones '92 
and family often, either in ME or NY This 
spring Kimberly showed Cyrus the SBC 
campus and visited with Rebecca McCord 
(was McNutt), Sarah West Reeves, and 
Susanna Broadus Hickman '88. She caught 
up with Sarah Consolino Murphy and 
Allison Lea Chaby '90. 

Betsy Christian, still in Austin, TX, 
Is married to George and has 2 young 
children, Kathryn and George and 2 step- 

daughters who attend Bryn Mawr and 
Southwestern colleges. Betsy has owned 
a legislative public relations firm for the 
past 9 yrs and enjoys clients like the "Don't 
Mess with Texas" campaign. In her spare 
time she writes and volunteers for various 
preservation and arts organizations. She 
talks to Shelly Brashear Tomlin who lives 
in Dallas. She also keeps in touch with SBC 
friends from '90, 

Mary Ann Kramlich-Lee, Sherri 
Brockwell Dymon, and Tracy Garter 
Warren met in NYC last Oct, for a mini- 
reunion. Their daughters, all born within 6 
mo, of each other joined them on the trip. 

I'm still in Richmond working in sales 
and marketing for the Laboratory Chemicals 
Division of Wako Chemicals USA. I caught 
up with Pauline Hanson Palm over a long 
phone call. She and Chris live in Artlngton, 
TX. Pauline teaches art at the Fellowship 
Christian Academy in Fort Worth. 

I returned to SBC in Sept. for 
Homecoming, It's always such great fun! 
Kate Robinson Hillestad joined me tor 
part of the weekend. Her niece, Meg, is now 
a freshman! I see Kate throughout the year, 
since we board our horses at the same 
farm. I still enjoy trail riding with my horse, 
Cadot, and am working on training another 
horse, Pride. In Oct., I participated In the 
Richmond Start! Heart Walk to raise funds 
for the American Heart Association. This has 
become a primary cause for me, since my 
mother is a survivor of heart disease. I'm 
honored to serve as your Class Secretary 
and as your Reunion Giving Chair Look for 
my postings on the SB message board on Our Group page on MSN 
will be moving to another site, so I will let you 
know the new address when that is available. 
Please feel free to write or email any time 
throughout the year with news or announce- 
ments. I hope you're making plans to join me 
back on campus In May! Take care! 


Mrs. Jean L. Splllane Benning 
1506 N Bethlehem Pike 
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002 


Mamie Farley 
5302 Bewdley Rd 
Richmond, VA 23226 


Ms. Tricia Pheii Johnson 
10359 Church Hill Rd 
Myersville.MD 21773-9027 

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Stacey McClain 
2219 Belote Place 
Jacksonville, FL 32207 

Ellen Ober Pitera and Rob live on the 
family farm and enjoy their new addition; 
they flew to Korea In 8/08 and brought 
home Charlie Joonhee Pitera (1). Charlie 
loves his new life surrounded by animals, 
and Ellen Is taking the year off from 
teaching and having fun being a mom. 
Congrats Ellen and Rob! 

Holly Witt Aitken has been living In 
Hong Kong for 2 yrs with husband Randy 
and 2 sons, Kenneth (2) and Henry (4 mo.) 
She returns to the U.S. every Nov. and 
catches up with Dr. Wendy Wllcoxson 
Holly Is on the Executive Board of the 
American Women's Association, but spends 
most of her days playing with the boys. She 
frequently sees Victoria Canter '90, who 
recently moved to HK. 

Laura Goebel Hammer reports that 
she graduated from her ultrasound program 
and Is working part time at a hospital. Her 3 
boys (9,11,13) keep her busy with soccer, 
swimming, piano, cello, band, and running. 
Laura keeps in touch with Gretchen Smith 
Finley and Tracy Meier Mason and 
reconnected with Julie Skilinski Brooks 
Julie is teaching, dealing with her multiple 
sclerosis, plans on taking a leave through 
early spring and blogging about It all! Julie 
misses both her siblings who are stationed 
in Iraq. Julie reports that Laurie Palmer 
Is engaged and her fiance has finished 
building their new abode. 

Catherine Jannik Downey writes 
that she was engaged In Dec, found out 
she was pregnant in Jan., married husband 
Marc in Jun., and welcomed Jacob Anthony 
on 8/29/08 Dana Varnado Campbell 
was a bridesmaid at the wedding. Catherine 
and Gretchen Smith Finley reconnected and 
realized they both live in the Atlanta area 
and only about 10 ml. apart and now see 
each other often. 

Elizabeth Harder Botzis visited 
Ashley File Phoenix this summer and 
met her new goddaughter, India Elizabeth 
Phoenix! Elizabeth and Elliott still live In 
Greenville, SC, and son Reld (3) loves 
the outdoors just like his dad! They head 
to Edisto Beach every chance they get. 
Roxanne Stinnett Taylor lives In Amherst, 
VA, with her husband and son (1 2). They 
own an independent vehicle dealership, 
along with working with a local real estate 

Dr. Carolyn Imperato has her Ph D 
and 3 kiddos! Dr. Patty Sagasti Suppes 
is now In Florida and teaching at FL 
Southern Coll. Tracy Meier Mason got 
married In '03. moved back to southern 
MA and bought a fixer-upper. No kids 
yet; she and hubby Derek keep adding 

to their brood of dogs. The latest is a 
bull mastiff puppy named Rosle. Kelly 
Gardner Headd married Brian Headd at 
SL Alban's Church In Washington, D.C., 
on 11/15/08. Jalmie Del Monte Galbreath 
'92 and Amy Peck Driscoll '92 threw a 
wonderful bridal shower for Kelly at the City 
Tavern Club in D.C. Jalmie will be the maid 
of honor and Jaimie's beautiful girl Kate, 
Kelly's goddaughter Caroline, and Elizabeth 
will be flower girls. Kelly writes that the 
happy couple plans to live In the D.C. area 
provided that they can find a house they 
both like! 

Pamela Subranni Berman is a 
stay-at-home, busy mom. Twin gids Colby 
and Logan (13) had their B'Not MItzvah on 
5/3/08, she's keeping up with daughter 
Jordyn (4) and son Blake (2), and Is Involved 
in fundralsing for breast cancer awareness, 
the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Temple 
Adath Israel, and for the Children's Crisis 
Treatment Center in Philadelphia. She and 
John have been married for 5 yrs and 
"things are moving right along here on the 
Main Line of Philadelphia!" 

When Daniella Ceccarelli Toomey 
and Chris moved to Lutherville, MD, last 
year, they were worried about being "land- 
locked," but report It's been great. They 
live close to Chris' dental office and enjoy 
living In the community he serves. Daniella 
Is mom to 3 boys (9, 6, 3) who are growing 
fast and she stays super busy with their 
school and sports, trying to get to the gym, 
and working from home doing marketing 
and bill-planning for the dental practice, a 
nice change from OB/GYN nursing. Daniella 
sees Corinne Judeikis Hodges and 
Eleanor Guild about once/year and they 
talk often. Both are doing terrific. Eleanor 
Is In Boston and Corinne Is in GA. Corinne 
and family will stay with Daniella around 
Thanksgiving. Daniella saw Stephanie 
Brown Steinmetz and Paige Holmes 
Selsby over the summer with their families, 
enjoyed a cook-out at her house while 
Paige was in town from CA. 

Kristen Swensen Sloop stays busy 
in Raleigh, NC, with her business Kootle 
Bug Designs and kids that just won't stop 
growing: John (7), Eliza (5) and Katherlne 
(3) Stephanie Turner Proper survived 
Ike and 10 days without electricity! She's 
a stay-at-home mom to son Michael (3) 
and Grace (1), class of 2028! Amy Larsen 
West writes that she and Kevin are proud 
new parents of Winston Potter West. After 
relocating to Philadelphia In Jun,, Margaret 
McLean Frederick Is working at U. PA as 
the Assistant Director for Health System 
Annual Giving for Penn Medicine. 

Norma Bulls Valentine continues her 
real estate work In Palm Beach, FL and 
SC. She stays busy showing horses and 
playing polo. Sister Nancy Bulls works in 
the business running the FL office. Another 
polo player, Harpreet Bedi sends word that 
she's "still a lawyer and still happily married 

to Satlnder!" She enjoys playing polo, being 
mom to twins (1) and Zara (7), and living in 
Singapore. Debra Elkins Is still In Chicago 
working tor Allstate (risk models for pricing 
auto insurance). She ventures to D.C. and 
is doing some consulting for Homeland 
Security and the IRS 

Major Katherlne Polevitzky returned 
from a year of deployment in Baghdad In 
7/08 and reported into Marine Corps U.. 
Command and Staff Coll, at Marine Corps 
Base Quantico, VA. She's working on her 
M.A. in military science. Kathenne keeps 
up with Beth Gilkeson King. She had a 
great time participating in the Government 
Advisory panel at SBC over Homecoming 
Weekend. She writes that "next year should 
bring yet another move and more 'exotic' 
locations to write from." Nalini Mani 
has been working in consulting on and 
off since graduation in '93, most recently 
for Booz Allen Hamilton. Work keeps her 
busy with International travel as consultant 
and advisor to Foreign Governments on 
restructuring projects and the international 
private sector. Nallnl never knows where 
she's going to be from year to year: Egypt, 
Armenia, UAE, Kazakhstan, Africa, or some 
place else. She writes, "Life otherwise is 
fantastic; I wouldn't have it any other way." 

Sutapa Mukherjee lives In Menio 
Park, CA, with husband Jim, daughter 
Margo (8), and 3 cats. "Life is busy with 
Margo's soccer matches, horse shows, 
and music lessons," but "we try to squeeze 
In fun travel a few times a year." Sutapa 
reports that work at TIBCO is still hectic and 
exciting. She'd love to get together with 
SBC friends when they visit the bay area! 
Michelle Ricks Giblin moved back to 
Hampton, VA, after living In Cincinnati. OH, 
for the last 12 yrs! She's changing careers, 
going back to school full time, and looking 
for a part-time job. Michelle Is mom to Ariel 
(16), Taylor (14), Bailey (7), and Trey (5) who 
keeps her busy She's divorced and happily 
dating again Heather Swenberg Craft 
Is also on the move from CT to Charlotte, 
NC, loves It. She works In Leadership 
Development for Wachovia and hubby 
Jason works at a hedge fund. Heather is 
mom to son Braedon (2) and Is expecting 
another boy in Jan.! 

Jennifer Mooney Risey sends love 
and humor In these uncertain times. She's 
in the East Cobb (Atlanta) area and has 
3 kids; Jackson (3rd grade), Aldan (1st 
grade), and Marigny (Pre-K). Jennifer helps 
her husband with his company Lantern 
Capital Advisors and "spends her life, just 
like everyone else, living for her family and 
folding laundry." Jennifer has found her 
heaven: summers on Daufuskie Island and 
a list of many fine accomplishments. She 
has become a very good cook (keeps her 
out of Target) and has learned how to shoot 
a gun — Cub Scouts Junior Marksman. 
She has, most importantly, come to the 
realization that she probably won't ever stop 

driving a minivan, unless she can trade It in 
for a 6-seat golf cart. Jennifer writes that 
Kerry Thomas Is close by: she keeps in 
touch with Britt Ellison on a regular basis 
and spent spring break with Ashley Flynn 
Blanchard '90 and her 2 boys. 

Gretchen Petrus celebrated her 1 0-yr 
anniversary with Delta Air Lines in '08 and 
hasn't tired yet of all the travelling! As a 
French speaker, she flies almost exclusively 
to the south of France at least once a week. 
Ironically, she prefers driving vacations and 
spent an amazing week last summer driving 
through northern Italy, the Dolomites, and 
Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Vienna in Austria. 
She has lived In NYC for 1 1 yrs and made 
interesting use of her other major by playing 
In a rock-n-roll band, an orchestral pop 
band, and touring and making a record. 
Gretchen has done a few photography 
projects and Is working on building a 
portfolio from her massive archive of 
photos She's seen Melony Joe Ellinger, 
Laurie Baker Knights, and Wendy 
Stevenson Lucia over the years, but the 
occasions for visiting have been too few. 

Dianne Hayes Doss walked her 
3rd Breast Cancer 3-Day this year. Go 
Dianne! Son Dan (3rd grade) Is taking 
Lego Engineering class and daughter 
Jenny (Pre-K) Is quite precocious. Husband 
Bill is still with HP and Dianne with Cox 
Communications which has, thankfully, not 
been negatively impacted by the economy 
Dianne writes, "Here's hoping the economy 
has started to improve by the time this 
Is printed!" Cheers to that! Sabryna 
McClung Roberson took an amazing 
driving trip from Seattle to Portland, down 
the OR Coast, over to Crater Lake, then 
home to Sacramento. While they didn't 
get to hike and explore as much as 
usual — Sabryna was recovering from an 
appendectomy — they saw enough of the 
countryside to fall In love with OR! Sabryna 
saw several SBCers— Dianne Hayes 
Doss, Dr Pepper Kelly Coggshall '95. and 
Lucy de Oliverla Bosworth '95 on the West 

Stephanie Brown Steinmetz has 2 
children (3, 4) and lives In Baltimore, MD, 
with husband Jay. She has been In finance 
tor 14 yrs and writes, "it's not a fun field 
right now." Stephanie and family do a lot of 
traveling and keep busy, busy, busy. 

As for me, Stacey McClain, all goes 
well in Jacksonville, FL. I'm a stay-busy 
mom Involved with volunteer work at Ever's 
school, Gan Yeladlm Kindergarten and 
preschool and with the Obama campaign, 
as well as dabbling In creative arts starting 
a small business with a friend making a 
little of this and a little of that. SBC Is an 
almost dally topic now that my daughter 
Ever (4) has visited the campus and seen 
the horses. My husband Bob Folwell and 
I celebrated our 10th anniversary, time 
flies! Speaking of milestones, don't forget, 
our 20th Reunion Is In 2013! Many of you 

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wrote about tiow Facebook Is getting you 
back in touch with SBC friends. Let's all 
keep in touch and plan to celebrate our 
20th on campus with friends and family! 


Molly Morris 
6452 Cranston Way 
Dublin, OH 43017 

Greetings 1994! We've reached reunion 
year once again! If you haven't already plan 
to attend Reunion 2009 on Memorial Day 
weekend. Reunion is a wonderful opportu- 
nity to re-connect with classmates and see 
the campus. There are so many changes— 
the new athletic center, new dorms, and 
of course. . can't beat Sweet Briar in 
spring! Hopie Carter Avery and I are on 
the Reunion Giving Committee, and you 
may have heard from one (or both) of us 
to encourage you to attend Reunion and to 
consider a donation to our 1994 Reunion 
Gift. I can't stress this enough; Please plan 
to join us in May! 

Liz Homoki-Tltus and husband Paul 
had their 2nd daughter Elizabeth Margit 
Titus on 4/28/08. Big sister Zeda (2) is 
excited about Ellie. She's in her 7th year 
as a Sr. Atty at the U.S. Dept. of Health and 
Human Services. Paul started a new job 
with Booz Allen Hamilton. She still lives in 
Bethesda, MD. She hopes to attend Reunion 
and looks fom/ard to seeing a lot of people 

Heather Roby is in D.C. working 
at KPMG as a training manager. She 
saw Kim Szuszczewicz Snead. Jodi 
Szuszczewicz McGee. and Dorothy 
Bailey at Jodi's 4th of July party over sum- 
mer. I saw those guys again, along with 
Christy Young McCain at Edwin's show 
at the Birchmere in Aug. She's also been 
vacationing: one with her boyfriend out to 
SF & Wine Country and another with giri- 
fnends to Jacksonville, FL. 

Hopie Carter Avery enjoys life in 
Chapel Hill while Allen finishes grad school 
(5/09, just In time for Reunion!) Porter Is 2 
and Liza was born on 2/14/08. She's enjoy- 
ing being a SAHM (Stay-at-home-mom, a 
newly learned acronym.) They all enjoyed 
a weekend with "Aunt Kimmy" (Kim 
Clayton) from NYC. In May, had an inter- 
national mini-reunion in Provence with Kim 
Clayton, Bonnie Insalaco Abrams '93, and 
KJrsten Osmundsen Boyd, at Kirsten's 
sister's wedding. She can't wait to catch up 
with everyone at Reunion! 

Laura Greene Sllsbee and Mead are 
excited to announce the arrival of Chariie, 
the newest member of their family He was 
born on 7/4/08 and is completely spoiled 
by big brother Parker, Laura keeps in touch 
with All Chance Carter, PattI Geets 

Hathaway Heather Stevens Wine 
Wendy Wall Nace, and Lee McEachern 
Collins, and is singing the praises of face- 
book. She's been able to get in touch with 
so many old friends from SBC. She hopes 
to make it to Reunion. 

Elizabeth Thigpen Landry and Aaron 
live in Pinehurst, NC. Emma Gentry is 8, 
Caroline is 6 M?, and Marshall is almost 4. 
Aaron works for Wachovia Securities, and 
she's a SAHM. She picked up tennis again 
after 1 5 yrs, so I expect we'll see her on the 
pro circuit soon. 

Heather Bayfield Weidle is well in 
Jacksonville, FL, Matthew turned 1 In 07/08 
and Michael turned 4 in 09/08, celebrat- 
ing with a "Star Wars" party, where he 
dressed like a Jedi and battled Darth Vader 
Her business. Life Management Advisors 
is starting to offer franchises in January, 
www. lifemanagementadvisors. com. She 
had a wonderful time with a few SBC girls 
in Boston in spring, and it reminded her of 
how much she misses everyone. 

Amelia McDaniel Johnson teaches 
religion at St, James Episcopal Day School 
in Baton Rouge, LA, loves it. Daughter Wyly 
is in 1st grade and Jed is 3, They had a 
great time visiting with Lla DeSimone 
Colbert and her kids this summer; appar- 
ently, Jed and Lilah were quite the ticket! 

Katie Blaik James gave birth to 
Elizabeth Lindsey on 9/2/08 and writes, 
"She's a dream come true," She quit her 
job in Jul, to become at SAHM, loves it. 

Kim Bramley Estep is celebrating 
her 1 0-yr anniversary with Branig Capital 
Markets as its owner. She completed the 
purchase of the company from her father 
this fall. Morgan (8) is a 2nd grader, and 
Rylelgh (7) is a happy 1 st grader read- 
ing 3rd grade level books. Scott is home 
during the day, but while the gids are in 
school, he's been chopping wood and doing 
maintenance on the house to get ready for 
winter — and making a mean chili in the 

Shannon Hetcel Dykes is living in NC, 
and writes that Ji^ decided to hang up his 
LTC hat and has retired from the Army after 
22 yrs! They're thrilled to be able to put 
down permanent roots, since he accepted 
a job from Wake Forest U. as Director of 
Alumni Relations for the Calloway and 
Babcock (the undergraduate and graduate 
business) Schools, Shannon is teaching 4th 
grade, a change of pace after teaching 5th 
grade for so many years, but loves the age 
group. Carter (11) is in m. s. She looks for- 
ward to seeing everyone at Reunion. 

Vinca Swanson is living the dream 
in Seattle and web designing. She's look- 
ing fon/vard to moving into a fine artist loft 
space in 12/08. She's planning on lots of 
skiing trips this winter, including one to the 
upper ranges of British Columbia. She's 
making the move to coach varsity h. s. 
lacrosse in spring. She still plays a little, 
with some 20-somethings; she claims 

it keeps her light on her toes. Our class 
cheerieader is already getting worked up 
about Reunion and hopes to see the whole 
gang there! 

Maggie Doley is a vet in Williamsburg, 
VA. She's hoping to take a few trips this 
winter to visit some friends in AZ and Spain. 
She's been doing a lot of running, but 
hasn't entered a race yet. 

Elizabeth Gilgan Bianco had Nicholas 
Sean on 06/20/08, but 5 days before that, 
they moved into a new house 10 mi. north 
of Boston. She's still unpacking boxes. 
In May, a bunch of SBC gids came up to 
MA for a baby shower weekend; Amelia 
McDaniel Johnson, Lia DeSimone 
Colbert Allison Vollmer Douglass 
Robyn Barto Knauss, Corrlne Galllard, 
Heather Bayfield Weidle Erica Clayton 
Wright, and Ashley Henderson Swigart 
There was lots of drinking, sharing of baby 
pictures, locking Heather in a secret closet, 
birthing stories, pictures taken, and lots of 
laughs. Liz writes that her cheeks hurt for 
a whole week from so much smiling, and 
she's sure that the reason that Nicholas 
is such a happy baby is because of the 
fun she had that weekend. She's returning 
to work soon because the good work of 
Archaeology needs to be spread! 

Corrlne Galllard also wrote about 
the weekend in MA. Her facebook page 
has some wonderful pictures. According 
to Corrine, there will be quite a few 
SBC babies in the next year, as it was 
announced that weekend that Liz was not 
the only pregnant woman in the house. 
Look to your class notes for news! 

Lorl Bahret Mote passed the final part 
of her RVT test; she's an official Registered 
Vascular Technologist, which means that 
she's on the registry to perform vascular 
ultrasounds. They had their yeariing colt in 
CA this summer, showing in the yeariing 
Dressage Breed Classes, and he has done 
well, finishing 8th in the region. Daughter 
Amber has been in parent-tot swim classes 
and loves the water. 

I'm the General Manager of a wine cel- 
lar and bistro in Dublin, OH, and enjoying 
every bit of it. I'm drinking a lot of wine and 
meeting interesting winemakers from all 
over the worid. We've had winemaker din- 
ners with Julie Johnson and Carol Shelton, 
two female winemakers from CA (we like to 
spotlight female winemakers whenever we 
can), I returned to SBC for Homecoming this 
fall and stopped at some wineries in the 
Charlottesville area. I'll be returning to a few 
in May when I come back for Reunion. I'm 
planning a relaxing week in FL in Feb. with 
my boyfriend — most of the week around 
Boca Grande and 2 days kayaking and 
snorkeling around Key West. I hope to see 
everyone in May, and remember, no party is 
complete without wine and guess who runs 
a wine shop? 


Holly Miller Mallos 
14 Barrow Court 
Towson,MD 21204 

It's been great catching up with the class 
of '95 via email and Facebook this fall. 
For those of you not on Facebook, please 
consider joining — it's a great way to stay in 
touch and reconnect with the class! 

After 9 yrs in Ml, Lisa Buckingham 
Darr moved to Dallas 6/07. Lisa's husband 
Mike loves his new job, and they enjoy 
being close to family Lisa is still a stay-at- 
home-mom, but keeps busy volunteering 
and chasing after Maddie (10/5/04) and 
Meghan (5/30/06). 

On 4/6/08, Gwen HIckey Babcock 
and Devin welcomed Rory Elizabeth, Gwen 
■writes that Rory has already met Bergen 
Hall Daley and Beverley Stone Dale and 
their children, Gwen's daughter Kaeden (now 
in kindergarten) loves being a big sister and 
is a talented little gymnast, Devin is busy 
with his job, travels a lot, Gwen enjoys Youth 
Ministry and how "young" it keeps her! 

Holly Elkins Marshall had a busy 
few yrs! She moved to the Richmond, VA 
area (Midlothian) 1 1/06 and had baby 
boy Hunter Ambler, 2/08, He (Oined sister 
Madison Rose (2 y?). In fall. Holly took 
Hunter and met with Anna Rellly, Kathy 
Whitby and Heather Aspinwall at SBC 
for a night. Holly says they had fun catching 
up, going to the boathouse, and dining at 
the Briar Patch, 

Jennifer Wissman Rosenkranz and 
David are still in Franklin, TN, Son Joel is 
in 3rd grade and daughter Sophia is in 
Kindergarten, They have 2 very large addi- 
tions to their family, Toby and Ellie, Great 
Pyrenees who are both over 1 00 lbs! 

Bergen Hall Daley, husband Mike, 
and son Scott moved to a new house in 
Hamilton, MA, Scott started kindergarten 
and Bergen continues to volunteer at his 
school, church, and a local thrift shop that 
supports a variety of community outreach 
programs. She works pari time at a non- 
profit. She was able to visit Gwen Hickey 
Babcock her family in Apr to meet baby 
Rory, and in Aug. saw Beverly Stone Dale 
and family when they visited the Daley's 
in ME. 

Kristlna Pody Hibdon visited SBC 
while on business and was impressed with 
the changes as well as the continuation 
of great women who attend SBC. Kristina 
says she left highly motivated to get more 
involved in helping SBC. On a more per- 
sonal note, Kristina's twin daughters (6) 
started kindergarten this year and are doing 
great. Her business is doing so well she's 
expanding into financial counseling for 
many local school systems. After a year in 
her new TN home, she's finally unpacked 
and ready for lots of snow this winter! 

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Kara Dickey Moore and husband had 
baby boy Oliver James Fleming Moore on 
2/14/08. She lives in NYC and is the direc- 
tor of sponsorship and events for UBS. 

Katie lUlaxwell Schellhammer and 
husband Scott welcomed Eleanora June on 
7/24/08. Katie says Baby Nora wears a lot 
of pink and green! Katie's crazy boys Max 
(5) and Will (3) still play with Mary Byrd's 
son, Drew Braun. At age 4, Drew is a very 
talented artist 

Jessica John Ponce still lives in Vero 
Beach, FL, and is a very happy "home- 
schooling-mother of 4:"Treatt (6), Gabrielle 
(5), John (3), and Judah (1). She keeps 
in touch with Carson Scheppe Hobby, 
Eileen Yates Von Herbulis, Maren 
Howard Leggett and IVIeredith Williams 
■Vlelmed and hopes to see them soon, 

Kimberly Roda Moorhead is expect- 
ing a 3rd little girl on 1 2/25/08! She left 
ITAA in 4/08 and loves being a stay-at- 
home mom. She moved to Knoxville, TN. 
She writes, "Tim convinced me to move 
from Louisville, KY, in Sept. by promising 
to give me nightly foot massages. I'm still 
waiting for the 1st one!" 

Nancy Weigle and Jay had baby boy 
Graham in 5/08. Nancy says big sister Julia 
(4) is getting over an initial rough start and 
now adjusting to having a sibling. Nancy 
sounds crazy busy — on top of 2 kids, she 
also took a faculty position at Duke and is 
seeing patients and teaching medical stu- 
dents in the School of Medicine. 

Kathryn Czarkowski started a clinical 
psychology Ph. D. program this fall. She 
writes, "The work is rigorous; I'm quite 
busy! But I'm happy to be on this path." 

Tory McClintock writes that she still 
works at the Chamber of Commerce and 
teaches Junior Cotillion, Son Benjamin is in 
the 7th grade and is in her Cotillion class 
now! Husband Rob moved his practice to 
Farmville so he doesn't have a 45- min. 

I thought Kelly Hall was joking when 
she told me where she was these days — 
Antarctica! But she assures me it's true — 
she's working down there at McMurdo 
Station, the largest scientific base on the 
continent. She writes, "It's beautiful down 
here and I love my job. There are so many 
interesting people and every day is an 

Carson Scheppe Hobby says that 
kids Mackie and Henry are great. She's 
excited for her upcoming fall visit to D.C. 
to see Maren Howard Leggett and her 
son Rinat. She has big plans to teach him 
all sorts of things that will make Maren and 
husband Peter crazy! 

Cathy Cummings, our resident glo- 
betrotter and super athlete writes, "This 
year has been a busy one on the wedding 
circuit. I thought 1 was done playing wed- 
ding coordinator, but unfortunately, because 
they were for my family, duty called: I was 
maid of honor at my sister Christen's ('97) 

wedding in May as she married Greg Dodd. 
Katy McCartney Gilliam '97 was a brides- 
maid and rallied the SBC gals (Mia Pearson 
Bannan '97 and Robin Hendrickson 
Morgan) to walk down memory lane by 
toasting Christen with a "Holla Holla" at the 
reception. Then my middle brother Peter 
(HSC '99)— sorry ladies, he's finally off the 
market — got married in Oct. in the Grand 
Caymans." She is also training for a Vz 
marathon in Nov., which I'm sure she'll be 
able to do with her eyes closed after doing 
an Iron Man. 

In between capturing bugs for son 
Carter (4) and entering daughter Mary (2 Vi) 
into local Georgia beauty pageants, Lucile 
Page Martin continues to send in tapes 
for a spot on Wife Swap. I'm still not sure 
whether or not I need to send her a thank 
you note for my son Walker's birthday gift, 
an ant farm complete with a vile of live, red 
worker ants. 

As for me. Holly Miller Mallos, Paul 
and I still live in Baltimore. I'm a stay-at- 
home mom to Walker (4) and Anna Greer 
(born 4/23/08) and am enjoying my 1st 
crack at being a soccer coach for Walker's 
team, "The Great White Sharks," 


Mrs. Amy Daugherty Michel 
8185 E. Smooth Sumac Lane 
Tucson, AZ 85710 

Hello again, friends! By the time this edition 
arrives, we'll have survived another holiday 
season, whatever our individual traditions, 
which is hard for me to believe considering 
it's still shorts weather here. 

Eileen MacMurtrie had son Joseph 
Daniel Darragh on 7/11/08 at 7:47 p.m. He 
weighed 9 lbs., 3 oz., and was 22 in. long. 
She says that he's incredible; she loves this 
mommy thing! 

Annie Pankoski Sherman and Peter 
welcomed 2nd child Elsa Birgitta Sherman, 
10/9/08, and have also bought a house 
in Marin County, north of San Francisco. 
Congratulations to the Shermans! 

Sue Whitehead Froehlich switched 
jobs in Oct. She's now membership and 
marketing coordinator for Amazement 
Square in downtown Lynchburg (www. 
amazementsguare.cofrti. an interactive, 
hands-on children's museum. Sue'll help 
plan fundraising events such as the Ugly 
Bug Ball, Festival of Trees, and Gathering 
of Goddesses. She's working with a current 
SBC gal, Ist-year Anna Marie Carr, who is 
a museum volunteer. Sue says it's great to 
connect with current alumnae, even though 
she felt old telling Anna she graduated in 
'96. In family news, son Caden took his 1st 
steps — very exciting! Sue spends money on 
expensive toys, but he loves boxes and bal- 
loons! She hopes everyone is well. 

Imogen Slade Rex enjoyed seeing a 

few classmates and their kids this sum- 
mer and particulariy enjoyed visiting SBC 
with Amy Daugherty Michel and Paige 
Vaught Campion and their beautiful 
babies! Isabelle is 5 Yz mos, and she and 
Chip love every minute! 

Abigail Phillips Hinga still loves living 
in CO, with lots of trips back to the East 
Coast. She's working for the Bell Policy 
Center as outreach director, after spending 
time on the campaign trail with Sean. It was 
fun to get to live in Philly and Puerto Rico 
for a few mos! It's great to see Janeen 
Sharma and Laura Powell (who is expect- 
ing a sibling for Ellie!) so often. 

Wynn Cole Burr is still in Richmond 
with 3 kids. Jackson and Ann Mason 
turned 4 on 11/1/08 and Harrison turned 
1 on 11/16/08. It's hard to believe! She 
sees Katie Campbell Brumley, Buff 
Barkley Ramsey, Lee Foley Dolan, and 
Courtney Harper '97. Wynn stays in touch 
with Jessica Meier '98, who is Harrison's 
godmother The Burr family went to Boston 
to visit her and to see Elizabeth Hunter 
Ferguson '97 in NY — a blast! 

Angle Conklin Abell still lives on 
Chincoteague working in Real Estate. She's 
involved with a few exciting projects. One is 
building her own Real Estate office, which 
will open in spring '09 (visit her website when you're ready to 
buy a house at the beach!) She and Barry 
are great. Son Taulman is 9; daughter 
Hope is 6. No more "babies;" it's a little 
sad to see them growing so fast. She got 
on Facebook, and is able to talk with so 
many SBC friends. She says it's a great way 
to share photos and keep in touch. Angle 
looks forward to our next Reunion, hoping 
more of our classmates can come! 

Robin Bettger Fishburne and clan 
are well in Greenville, SC. She's now in 
medical equipment sales for Air-Care and 
loves it! After 5 yrs of working every week- 
end it's wonderful to hang out with her fam- 
ily! Joe is the graphics manager for the City 
of Greenville and is thrilled to be downtown, 
working for a great group of people. Gibbs 
is the typical 3 '/2-yr-old who can test any- 
one's nerves, but she's an angel compared 
to some horror stories from friends. Robin 
and her family would love to see anyone 
visiting Greenville! 

Sarah Chaffee Paris and family had 
a great summer! They took the kids to 
her brother's wedding in Cabo San Lucas, 
Mexico, in Jun. In Jul., she took Stevie to 
D.C. to meet other SBC babies and mom- 
mies: Jesse Durham Strauss. Jen Beck 
Locke, and Imogen Slade Rex Also 
attending were Rachel Baltus and Bridget 
Bayliss, so much fun! This fall Bella (5) 
started kindergarten, loves it. Stevie (16 
mo.) is running all around and keeps them 
busy. She hopes to see everyone soon! 

As for me. Amy Daugherty Michel, 
we've been busy as usual. In Sept., Xander 

and I flew to NC to spend a week with 
Paige Vaught Campion and family Ellie (4 
Vi) and Olivia (1) are sweet, beautiful giris, 
and Paige and I had a great time playing 
with the kids, and then staying up late every 
night, drinking wine, and talking endlessly! 
As you saw from Imo's notes, we also drove 
up to SBC with all the kids and spent the 
day with Imo and her beautiful baby giri 
Isabelle. which was so special since it's 
been so long since Imo and I have seen one 
another. While there, we ran into Heather 
Aspinwall, Anna Reilly, Kathy Whitby, and 
Holly Elkins Marshall (all '95), who hap- 
pened to be visiting with a prospective 
student that weekend. Very ironic, since 
Homecoming was the following weekend! 
Best wishes to each of you and your 
families. Keep the wonderful notes coming! 


Mrs. Kerri R. Burtner 
601 N Roslna Ave 
Somerset, PA 15501 

Hello friends. It's with a heavy heart that 
I start these notes with some bits of sad 
news. Our classmate, Catherine Puro. 
passed away in eariy 9/08. You may contact 
the Alumnae Oflice for her parents' address 
should you wish to send a card to her 
family. I also learned from Connor Louis 
Guntrip that her father passed away in 
5/08 and Ann MacDonald Carter shared 
that her mother is battling cancer. Please 
keep all of these ladies and their families in 
your prayers. 

Ann's notes read, "Michael accepted 
a wonderful management position with 
Travelers Insurance in Wyomissing, PA, 3/08. 
We were sad to leave the Tidewater, VA 
area, but this opportunity was too good to 
pass up, I finished out my contract at Norfolk 
Academy as director of special events in 
mid-Aug. Dog Whisper and I now live with 
my parents in Clifton, VA. I'm permanently 
here as a 'primary caregiver' with my father, 
as my mother has been diagnosed with 
adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of 
head/neck cancer. She came through a life- 
changing surgery in Sept. beautifully, and 
we're preparing for adjunct radiation and 
chemotherapy to begin the end of 10/08. 
My mom's comfort and care are my focus 
every min. of every day, and I feel blessed 
to be around to help as best I can. We're in 
a holding pattern with fully relocating to PA 
until my mother's treatment and the holidays 
are behind us. Want to make sure y'all have 
my email:" Drop 
her a line when you can — I know words of 
encouragement will go a long way! 

Connor told me that after her father's 
death in May her summer was tough, 
but she's feeling better. She wrote, "I'm a 
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work in London. Husband Martin and I cel- 
ebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. I saw 
Katherine Cunningham Schweizer 8/08 
when Martin and I went on a tennis tnp to 
NY to the US Open. She was on great form, 
has a top job with Hermes; her dog Nigel 
is adorable " 

Tonya Ketchum spent last Christmas 
and New Years in Honduras, and then had 
a big change in her lite when she moved to 
Atlanta in Mar. She says it's been an adjust- 
ment to the city, but luckily she's not too far 
from home in Charleston, SC. Also living in 
Atlanta is Alicia King who is working as 
a writer for a global IT firm. She keeps in 
touch with many alumnae, including Amy 
Davis '94, Lisa Teddar Baker, and others, 
mostly online. 

From her new home in Lafayette, CA, 
Bhavi Patel writes, "I had baby girl Ridhi 
Hannon Patel on 4/18/08. Husband Hannon 
and I are busy with Ridhi and our Brij 
(14 mo.)" And from the East Coast Cape 
Healey Boyd tells me, "Things are going 
well here in Charlotte, NC. I'm keeping busy 
with twins Aiden and Katherine (2 V?) who 
are growing up fast. I love being a full-time 
mom! Looks like I'll be a bit busier as we're 
expecting baby #3 6/09! Brian is still with 
Forest Pharmaceuticals and doing well." 

I could feel Jill Gavitt beaming as I 
read her notes! "The big news is that Zac 
and I got married here at SBC on 6/7/08! 
Everything was absolutely beautiful, as only 
a Sweet Briar wedding can be! We honey- 
mooned in the Dominican Republic and are 
settling into married life and figuring out if 
we're ready to buy a house! I'm still working 
at SBC with the study abroad and graduate 
programs. My travels this fall gave me the 
chance to catch up with a pregnant Kathy 
Johnston and hubby Jeff Hotz who are 
anticipating a little girl around 3/4/09. Kathy 
writes, "We now live close to my husband's 
big family in NJ and to our nieces and 
nephew, which will be nice once the baby 
arrives. We live pretty close to Jill Butcher 
and her family — also nice. We took a couple 
of trips in summer "08 to London (for fun) 
and to Switzerland (for work). My work travel 
has tapered off over the last year or so 
(no more trips to Lebanon for now), which 
has been a nice break." Jill Meadows is 
finishing her Associate's Degree in Health IT 
and interning at the Veterans' Affair Medical 
Center She was inducted in Phi Theta 
Kappa, an international academic society 
and was named on the Dean's List. She met 
up with Nessim Al-Yafi, Lisa LaLonde- 
Hammacher '93, and Mansha Bourgeois 
'00 in New Orleans 7/08. Son Keegan 
celebrated his 2nd birthday and is going 
through a "Bob the Builder" phase; He's 
also learning to use his potty! 

Stacy McKImm Stevens and Rick 
moved back to Memphis, TN, with his job 
in chemical engineering. Stacy is an elem. 
school counselor. They celebrated daughter 
Mattie's 1st birthday! 

Lucinda Polley Howe shares, "My 
family has been busy this fall with school, 
church, dance, gymnastics, and soccer. 
Keeping up with Sarah (7) and Anne Rollins 
(2) schedules and activities is a job by 
itsel*. I still find time to play tennis every 
week, volunteer at Sarah's school, and 
do a weekly Bible Study at church. Jon 
and I will celebrate our 10-yr anniversary 
11 /08. We took a trip to the Ritz Carlton in 
Amelia Island, FL, this summer to celebrate. 
We're looking forward to a fun and busy 
Christmas season!" 

Still living on a farm in Warrenton and 
raising cattle is Becky Moats Miller, 
husband Chip, and new little man, Chartes 
Michael who was born 4/5/08. 1 must tell 
you that he's a cutie! (Definitely another 
future SBC husband to add to the list for 
the daughters of '97!) They're busy with 
their real estate business and with the baby 
calves on the farm. Vaiana Teriitehau 
Williams lives in Ashburn, VA, with her 
husband and children Ashley (3.5) and 
Christopher (7 mos.) For the past 5 yrs 
she's worked for Stanley Martin Homes and 
frequently sees Becky. Tasha Swales, and 
Christina Benson Stanton. Christina and 
James live in NYC and were expecting their 
1st baby this fall. 

Mala Pearson Bannan and husband 
Glenn welcomed Casner James on 8/10/07. 
Along with dogs Casey and Gus, the 
Bannan family moved back to Charlottesville 
summer '08 and then celebrated Casner's 
1st birthday with a "massive" Elmo cake. 
If anyone is in the C-ville area, Maia wants 
you to call so you can get together and 
catch up! Katy McCartney Gilliam writes, 
"Dave and I are still in Chapel Hill, NC, lov- 
ing it. Scott (5) and Anna (3) are growing up 
fast. I've been working with the Avon Walk 
for Breast Cancer both walking the 39.3 mi. 
and volunteering over the past 3 yrs. Our 
team has raised upwards of $67,000, and 
we're focused towards meeting our goal 
of $100,000 by the next walk in D.C., May 
'09! Please check our progress by going to 
www.avonwalkMg^ Search for Katy Gilliam 
and see how far the Pink Pacers and I have 
come! We'd love your help! The money 
raised in the Avon Walk will allow medically 
under-insured women and men to receive 
the screening, support, and treatment they 
require. It's been fun to see 2 SBC giris out 
there making a difference. Katie Clarkson 
Robertson and Cady Thomas '98 can say 
that they've also walked 39.3 mi! The SBC 
giris and The Pink Pacers are making a 
difference! Walk on!" Thank you Katy (and 
Katie and Cady!) for all you're doing for this 
worthy cause. 

Kate Hall Lombard! says: "All is great 
in the Lombardi home. The kids are get- 
ting big; Grace is in 2nd grade and Max is 
neariy 4. 2nd grade homework is hard core, 
but SBC class of '23 awaits Miss Grace! I 
got a promotion with Weight Watchers and 
have opened my own handbag business. 

Life truly is good! We're planning a trip to 
SBC in fall '08. The trees will be beautiful 
and the dell is an awesome place to play in 
the leaves!" 

As I receive notes and attempt to com- 
pile them into a condensed, entertaining for- 
mat (I hope), I don't read each one as much 
as I hear your voices telling me your news. 
My husband always says I have a smile on 
my face as I work on the notes, but this 
one made me laugh out loud! From Amy 
Campbell: "Not married. No kids. Sold my 
1st company in the spring, took the summer 
off, and started another company called Pink 
Collar Ink launching in early '09. My parents 
would like me to get married and/or land 
'a real job' so here's hoping, haha, I love 
following everyone on Facebook and seeing 
pics of husbands/kids/pets. Please 'friend' 
me if we're not connected yet!" I guess even 
a published author and company founder 
catches grief from the parents! 

Ticia Harbour Berg and family have 
had quite a 2008 Scott retired from flying 
with the Navy and they moved from CA 
back to Vienna, VA. She says it's so nice 
to be home again near family and friends 
and with no Navy deployments. When she 
wrote, they were planning on making it to 
SBC Homecoming and showing her kids the 
campus, especially taking Mary Ashleigh 
to see the horses. On top of working part 
time for Wyle, she's the social chair for the 
Vienna Mom's Group and thinks that party 
coordinating is more up her alley than sys- 
tem engineering and cost estimating! She's 
taken up photography and interior decorat- 
ing, as well. Overall, "Life is Good." 

Jenn Wagner clearly likes life best 
when there is mass chaos. Take 5/08 for 
example. She graduated from Georgetown 
with her M.A. in tax law and at the end 
of the month (5/31/08) she got married! 
She followed all of that excitement with 
a 2-wk honeymoon to AK. The only thing 
that hasn't changed is her career; she's 
still working for the Army in the Pentagon. 
Congratulations, Jenn' 

Gail Mesdag Shrader and her crew 
are now residents of the lower 48! Her 
husband joined the Army full time; they're 
stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. Baby #3 joined 
her older sister and brother in spring '08 
and Gail continues to stay home and take 
care of her children. Jenn Swisher Lyies 
lives in Greeneville, TN, where they wel- 
comed daughter Morgan Chappelear Lynes 
9/1 9/08. When finished with maternity 
leave Jenn will return to her job working in 
a small town ER. She enjoys her job and 
misses her co-workers, but isn't looking 
fonward to going back to work. 

For the 1st time in a long while we 
have news from Reneca Rose Atkinson. 
She's living back in Richmond after a 2 
yr stint in Atlanta and works for Sun Trust 
Mortgage. On the weekends she finds 
time for her 2 passions in life: dance (she 
dances and teaches liturgical dance to the 

youth at her church), and she works in an 
upscale spa, Nesbit Spa & Salon, as a Nail/ 
Waxing Tech, The latter is preparing her 
to open her own spa in the next couple of 
years. Most importantly, she has a beauti- 
ful son. Jabari Alexander (7). He keeps her 
busy with his football, basketball, and soc- 
cer His daddy is a teacher and basketball 
coach so that helps channel some of that 
little boy energy! Jennifer Smith '96 is his 
godmother so they talk often. She keeps up 
with Yolanda Davis Saunders '96 and Andie 
Thomas Young '95. 

From the thriving metropolis of Locust, 
NC, Sarah Betz Bucciero reports, "I 
attended Homecoming '08 and saw lots of 
people. It's great that so many come back 
each year now! Annette Dusenbury drove 
down from Chariottesville. It was great 
to see her and hear about Katy Seder's 
wedding. I saw Robin Bettger Fishburne 
'96 in 9/08 when we took Mason to his 
1st Clemson football game. I see Liz 
Dunck Hayes '95 and her little gid here in 
Chariotte. I'm enjoying being at home with 
Mason while running my online children's 
boutique. The Southern Child, and working 
on my second M.Ed (still!). I'll continue my 
position as Region IV Chair (The Carolinas) 
for the Alumnae Board for the next 2 yrs. 
It's wonderful to head back to campus twice 
a year and to see all of the wonderful things 
that are happening." 

Gina Miller Brown is home with 
Mason (1) and stays busy as a co-director 
of a large mothers' group in her part of 
CT She's having a great time and enjoy- 
ing every minute of mothering that little 
sweetie! Lindsy Rollenhagen Zook writes, 
"Jimmy's back on the road again driv- 
ing long distance for C.B. Hoober, a farm 
equipment dealer. After 2+ yrs in the shop 
working on the trucks, trailers, and other 
company vehicles it was time for a change. 
Except for occasionally, I won't be joining 
him in the truck this time (like I did for the 
first 6 mos. of our marriage!) so there are 
obvious adjustments which need to be 
made! With my husband gone during the 
week, I'm looking for more volunteer work, 
which I'm currently in the process of lining 
up. Once fall arrives I'll be tutoring again, 
this time possibly 2 home school families! 
I'm looking fon/vard to a mini-reunion at 
Katy Seder's wedding in 9/08! If anybody 
is ever in the Lancaster, PA area, please 
stop in!" 

Katrina Balding Bills had lots 
to share! Her leg — injured in a riding 
accident — is back to normal. She's back to 
riding Fancy Fella and foxhunting. She's a 
senior director with Mary Kay and earned 
her 5th car, a Saturn Vue, while working 
towards that pink Cadillac. Katrina and 
Kevin were able to visit with Liz Drendall 
Zinckgraf, her husband Ed, stepson Eddy, 
and new baby giri Madison on their way 
to Katy Seder Karon's wedding! They've 
seen Susanne Nifong Baker and Annette 

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Dusenbury a couple times fall 08 and talks 
often to Cassie Thomas Campbell. They 
returned from a busy but fun trip to Disney 
World wtiere little Kenny taunted fiis Mommy 
into being adventurous. Seems "my mommy 
screams like a little girl on roller coasters" is 
the new chant in the Bills' household! 

Katy Seder Karon was a stunning 
bride at her 9/08 wedding to Adam. The 
festivities were centered at the Spa at 
Norwich Inn near her hometown in CT 
SBC gals Katrina Balding Bills, Annette 
Dusenbury. Lindsy Rollenhagen Zook. 
Kerry Coleman-Proksch. and I all helped 
her celebrate. Energized by the candy 
bar, we danced the night away! In true 
Katy-fashion she wore pink shoes with her 
gorgeous dress! Adam seems to be a real 
sweetheart. Congrats, Katy! 

Katy's beautiful IVIatron of Honor was 
Kerry Coleman-Proksch She wore a 
black dress with orange shoes (loved those 
Katy touches!) and gave a sweet toast to 
the bride and groom. Kerry, Steven, and son 
Jack (2) moved into a single-family home 
in Woodbridge last summer They've been 
busy remodeling and chasing after Jack. 
She's still working part-time for Northern 
VA Community Coll. as an adjunct faculty 
member and recently visited Gretchen 
Gravley Tucker '98 and Shelley Shreve 
Oliver '98 in Lynchburg, VA. Amy Cook 
Rexrode and husband Jason are well. 
She's still teaching Title I Reading for K-3rd 
grades and is busy with Anna in kinder- 
garten and dance class. Little Addison is a 
challenge as she nears the "terrible 2s"! 

Jess Hiveley is quite the Renaissance 
woman. Financial reporting manager at 
Travelers by day, member of 4 different 
soccer teams by evening, and handywoman 
(thanks to her new house) on weekends! 
She had a great time with Margaret 
Jenkins when she came for a visit 8/08. 
While IVIargaret was in town, they saw Kara 
Vlasaty Smith, who was in town for the 
Republican National Convention. Alison 
Hall didn't learn her lesson from the last 
class notes when I threatened to make 
something up because she didn't send 
me any news, again. But I do know that 
she's the proud aunt to nephew Trevor who 
arrived 10/08. He's a cutie and a lucky boy 
to have an auntie like Ali! 

Annette Dusenbury still loves 
Charlottesville and finally feels like a local! 
She's now the lead therapist on the ortho/ 
spinal cord unit at UVA Healthsouth and 
has completely taken over the wheelchair 
clinic. Her photography hobby is morphing 
into a side business with some wedding 
jobs, Christmas portraits for friends, and 
lovely cards. You can find her work, includ- 
ing a soon-to-be-added SBC collection, 
at She's had 
some mini-reunions in '08 including a trip 
to Somerset, PA, for the annual Fire & Ice 
Festival 1/08. Annette, Alison, and Melanie 
Chriscoe Peters spent a frigid weekend 

visiting my family Record cold temperatures 
were a real treat for those 3 southern gals! 
My family loved having them visit, we wish 
it would've been longer 

I had the pleasure of an old-fashioned 
road trip with Annette and Kerry on the 
way to Katy's wedding. Lots of laughing 
and even more reminiscing made for a fun 
drive. IVIy family is doing well. Abby is in 
kindergarten — the child didn't shed a tear 
as she climbed the steps of that school bus. 
Chris joked I was crying because my baby 
was going to school, and he was crying 
because he's a year closer to paying SBC 
tuition! At least he's resigned himself to 
that fact. Eli is ready to follow his big sister 
to school, which will happen next fall. I'm 
still working p/t for the county commission- 
ers and keeping busy with some volunteer 
work. We're minutes from 2 large ski 
resorts and we love visitors, so if you ever 
find yourself in Somerset, PA look us up! 

One thing I heard time and again was a 
common endorsement of Facebook. It's the 
21st century ladies; so if you aren't already 
on there, sign up today! It's almost as 
good as catching up over a 2 hr dinner in 
Prothro — but without someone else cooking 
the meal, doing the dishes, and sweeping 
the floor! We even have a class page. Hope 
to see you on there soon! 
Until next time... be well! 


Chantel Bartlett 
7775 Tiverton Drive 
Springfield, VA 221 52 

Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett 
7123 High Street 
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119 

First off, the Class of '98 would like to 
extend our condolences to the families 
and SBC Community for the loss of Sandy 
Botton, Karl Tamburr, and Jon Conyers. All 
were well loved and will be greatly missed. 

It's hard to believe that '08 is at an end! 
Those of us who were able to attend our 
10th Reunion had such a wonderful time 
reminiscing and creating new memories. 
Everyone, be sure to put 5/13 on your calen- 
dars for our 1 5th. Doesn't 201 3 sound odd?! 

Chantel Bartlett finally found a new 
job! In Aug. she took on the position of 
eastern regional director for a nonprofit 
organization called ASSE International. ASSE 
organizes foreign exchange programs for h. 
s. students. It's been challenging learning 
a new job, managing people, and hiring 
people, but she gets the opportunity to learn 
something new every day. Chantel spent 1 
days in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for work in late 
Sept. She reports that 10 days is far too 
long, 3 would suffice! Chantel is very busy 

with Junior League of Washington. They 
held their 50th annual holiday fundraiser 
in Nov. Chantel's task was overseeing 600 
volunteers for a 3-day shopping extrava- 
ganza. She also had 2 holiday shows for 
her personal small business. Chantel keeps 
in close contact with Candice Broughton 
Maillard. The boys are growing like weeds! 
Richard is a full-time youth pastor at their 
church, loves it. He's finally doing what he 
was called to do. Chantel hears from Alicia 
Foster Wilbun. The Wilbun family will wel- 
come their 2nd child late 1/09. Chantel had 
the joy of seeing Kristell Barrey for about 
an hour while on a layover in the Paris 
airport. She met Kristell's 1st baby, Raphael, 
who is a total doll. 

Emily Busse was married to Kevin 
Matthew Schwartz of St. Louis in 8/07. 
She was thrilled to have Lindsey Hall '99 
as a bridesmaid. Emily continues to work 
in events and fundraising for the Pittsburgh 
CLO, a musical theater company in down- 
town Pittsburgh. Emily enjoyed seeing 
everyone at Reunion and looks forward to 
our 15th! She visited Cady Thomas over 
the summer in Raleigh during a family trip 
to Topsail Island. She and Kevin welcomed 
their 1st child in Dec. 

Joanne Hopkins competed in her 
3rd Ironman in 7/08 in Zurich, Switzeriand. 
Unfortunately, the weather was miserable 
with pouring rain and temperatures in the 
50s. Joanne finished, though, and swears 
(for now) that that was the last one! After 
the competition she spent a week touring 
Switzeriand and Poland. Joanne returned to 
Europe in Oct. for the wedding of a friend 
where she broke her foot the 1st day! 
Albeit, Joanne was able to tour around and 
dance at the wedding. Joanne continues 
to keep in contact with Erikka Sund Neal 
and Jessica Simpson. 

Jessica Simpson, who didn't gradu- 
ate with us, but spent freshman and part 
of sophomore yr, checked in. Some of you 
may remember Jessica from Friday Harbor, 
WA. After leaving SBC, Jess finished her 
degrees in psychology and chemistry from 
WA St. U. and then went to the U.WA to 
earn a BSN. She lives in Seattle and is fin- 
ishing her MN/ARNP in the Pediatric Nurse 
Practitioner program as well as working 
part time as an RN in the Pediatric/Neonatal 
intensive care unit. 

Erin Wortley Valliere has been crazy 
busy with work and chasing 3 kids. Joe and 
Erin spent fall running between baseball, 
swimming, and dance. Their daughter 
landed 3 parts in the Nutcracker — a great 
experience for her, albeit a serious time 
(money!) commitment for her mom. Erin 
no longer works for the Marine Corps and 
is moving on to chemical and biological 
decontamination. Erin was able to manage 
to have lunch with Joanne without the kids 
in tow! She hopes to make it down to see 
Erikka this spring and doesn't see Joanne 
and Page (or anyone else for that matter) 

nearly enough. Thank God for Facebook! 

Scarlett Swain still works for 
Accenture and lives in Wilmington, NC. 
Scarlett spent a weekend visiting with 
Charlotte Rognoe Gilbar. Lisa Hall 
Flynn, and Chns and Susan Holman 
Beck in NY for the wedding of Jenny 
Hogan. All had such a great time! 

Courtney Hayes Toomey gradu- 
ated from Medical Coll. of VA in May. The 
Toomey family (husband Billy) moved to 
Baltimore, MD, from Richmond, VA, the 
same weekend as Reunion. Bill is the city 
executive for BB&T bank in Baltimore. He's 
been with the company since graduation 
(HSC '99). It was a great move for Bill's 
career, they couldn't pass it up! Courtney is 
doing her intern year in Internal Medicine 
at the Good Samaritan Hospital, work- 
ing 70-80 hrs per week. Next summer, 
Courtney begins her advanced program in 
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Sinai 
Hospital, also in Baltimore. On top of that, 
the Toomey family welcomed their 1st child 
on 7/24, McCallum Grace. McCallum is a 
beautiful, sweet, and healthy baby! 

Diana Jordan Avery and Brent are 
expecting their 2nd child in 5/09. 

Dana Bordvick Poleski informed 
me that she and Mark moved off the farm 
that was jointly owned with Dana's mother. 
Dana's mother put the place on the mar- 
ket. The Poleskis purchased 21 acres of 
wooded, rolling land just north of SBC, and 
in Jul. they began construction on a custom 
home (aka "the little big house"). They 
cleared pasture land and a spot for the 
horse barn as well as a nice sized campsite. 
They've had so much fun and hope that all 
will be completed by 1/09! 

Tifftney Whitmore Graham and Bart 
are busy taking care of Caleb (3). They've 
enjoyed watching Caleb go through every 
stage of growth. They have a hard time 
imagining that he will be in preschool next 
year Tiffiney keeps in contact with Molly 
Cameron Dreux '97 and Cakki Latimore 
Namorato '96. She spends time in the real 
estate business in Columbus and enjoys 
working with clients. Anyone need a home 
in Columbus? 

Susan Aronhalt still lives in 
Charlottesville with her 2 kitties, Oliver and 
Callie, and works as a clinical social worker 
for the UVA Health System. Susan moved 
to a new unit covering the Thoracic Cardiac 
and Vascular surgery services post op unit. 
She has enjoyed the change from orthope- 
dic/trauma and continues to learn lots! 

MaryLea Martin Harris has entered 
the blogging worid! She has a blog. Pink 
& Green Mama (www.pinkgreenmama. 
blogspotconli. MaryLea has even had 
some articles published on other sites. 
The girls are growing quickly! Emma loves 
kindergarten and Claire has begun to talk 
up a storm Aunt Anne-Claire Wackenhut 
keeps in constant contact. MaryLea and 
Courtney Totushek Brown '97 and her little 

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boy Fletcher (Claire's future husband?) 
frequently have play-dates, Cynthia 
Bumgardner Puckett and MaryLea keep 
in touch as well. MaryLea has been helping 
Cynthia with scrapbooks. 

Anne-Claire Wacl<enhut purchased 
her 1st home in Sept. in Avondale Estates, 
GA, right outside of Atlanta, She enjoys her 
new teaching job at the Friends School of 
Atlanta and loves living close to her sister 
Sophie ('02) so she can visit often with 
nephew Hudson (18 mos.) She reconnected 
with Tanya Ketchum '97 who is new to the 
area and looks forward to getting together 
with other local alumnae, 

Kelsey Lams spent the summer and 
fall traveling with now President-elect 
Obama as part of his advance team, Kelsey 
said that it was great and hectic. She said 
that it was odd not being able to share with 
friends and family where she was during 
her travels. Many hotels, airports and lots of 
new people! Kelsey got to be very good at 
cracking through the tough exteriors of the 
secret service agents — putty in her hands! 

Alison Burnett '97 (honorary Class of 
'98) officially moved back to Chicago, Alison 
continues to lobby for the IL St, Medical 
Society in Springfield, Quite a commute! 

Cyndi Hague Hineline returned to 
work full time this past summer as a "legal 
assistant," She enjoys the civil casework 
and has started to learn a bit of probate 
since the bulk of the work done by the 
firm is estate planning and administration. 
It feels good to be a part of something 
that really helps others. Do all of you have 
your wills done? Husband Shawn contin- 
ues to teach, Cyndi and son Alex joined 
Kindermusik, Alex loves playing with instru- 
ments and singing songs at home. He's 
also begun jumping around like a kangaroo 
and walking like a giraffe, 

Joanna Kuclnski finished her Ph, 
D, in British history at Duke last Nov The 
07/08 academic year was spent teaching at 
VT, and this year Joanna is teaching at NC 
Central U, while working on 2 articles and 
applying for long-term teaching jobs. 

Rush Harris wrote that as of Jun,, she 
and her boyfriend moved from UT back to 
Rush's home in Mooresville, AL, They were 
sorry to miss Reunion, but the move came 
1st! It took 4 days, and they brought a fam- 
ily of 4 cats, Jory's Rottweiler "BC," and 
Rush's Chow-mix "Emily" (15) with them. BC 
has had great fun discovering squirrels for 
the 1st time. Rush and Jory are renovating 
the old homestead that Rush's great-grand- 
father JH Peebles built, Jory works at the 
local bike shop with hopes of starting his 
own custom shop in the near future. There's 
a strong road bike community here for a 
good customer base. Rush began prepara- 
tions for an organic egg and vegetable farm 
on the property to come this spring. Rush 
and Jory have even gone tractor shopping! 

TC Welseman Kennedy was pro- 
moted to the Receivables Solution Product 

Line Manager at SunTrust Bank, She's 
responsible for the development of bank- 
ing products that help business clients 
accept payments from their customers. 
The promotion came with a new title. 
First Vice President! Baby #3 Van Garrett 
Kennedy was welcomed by the entire fam- 
ily in Nov, TC was able to visit with Kelly 
Knappenberger Foit '96 this past summer 
when the Kennedys visited Seattle, WA, TC's 
children, Loki and Stasi enjoyed playing with 
Kelly's twin boys. 

Baby Arrivals: Hobby Holmes Cole 
and Taylor welcomed their 1 st child to the 
world in Dec, Darelle Pfelffer Briggs and 
husband welcomed 1 st baby girt Morgan 
Mane Pfelffer Bnggs in May Darelle also 
received her diploma from the Orthopedic 
boards in 6/08 when she passed her oral 
exam, Tim, Morgan (at 6 wks old), and 
Darelle flew to Chicago for the exam, Emily 
Virkus Calle and Dan welcomed their 
bundle of |oy on 7/18. Son Benjamin Quinn 
Calle weighed 7lbs 3oz and was 19 14 in. 

Thank you everyone for your news! 

Llndsey Neef Kelly 
15012 Ashby Way East 
Carrollton.VA 23314 

Christy Carl Allison is lovin' Lovettsville, 
VA! She left The Herb Cottage at the 
National Cathedral to focus efforts closer 
to home as a professional pet sitter and 
freelance writer. She's eyeing other oppor- 
tunities, but enjoys the challenges pre- 
sented by writing and working with animals. 
Christy enjoyed an afternoon with Kathryn 
Alflsi at Bluemont Vineyards and loves the 
convenience of keeping up with old friends 
reacquainted on Facebook. 

Kristine Bria Brown married Andrew 
3/27/08 at St. Patrick's Church in Bridge- 
port, CT Their reception paid homage to 
Sweet Briar by incorporating pink and green 
colors in the entire design of their wedding. 
Sarah Dean and Annie Oilengren '01 were 
2 of Kristine 's 6 bridesmaids. Kristine and 
Andrew spent 2 wks in Maui for their hon- 
eymoon, then returned to CT where they'll 
reside until they relocate to Chicago some- 
time soon. Andrew still works at Dri-tec, a 
waterproofing company and teaches Kris- 
tine the family real estate business. Kristine 
became certified in multi-dimensional family 
therapy by the U. of Miami and continues 
her work as a clinician for Connecticut 
Renaissance, Kristine and Andrew are the 
proud parents of Bailey, a Maltese-Doxin 
mix puppy, Kristine attended Sarah Dean's 
amazing wedding on 10/19/08 in the Outer 
Banks of NC and had fun catching up with 
Erin Vlasaty Amyjo Dowing and Mar- 
Isha Bourgeois 

Amy GIbbs Brown has started teach- 
ing a Broadway Dance and Sing class at 
the local Senior Center in Boulder, CO, It's 
been great fun dancing and singing again, 
especially with the seniors. She's also re- 
opened her business. Amy Brown Interiors, 
and she is excited to design again, Kenton 
and the boys are well; they hope to come to 
reunion next summer to see all our Sweet 
Briar friends, 

Brenda EIze is still in Oriando working 
for Johnson & Johnson, Jen Schmidt 
Major visited her in Oct, and the 2 had a 
blast at Disney World's Halloween Party, 
Brenda flew to Boston the next weekend for 
Abby Schmidt's wedding (she was Abby's 
wedding photographer!) where she not only 
saw all 3 Schmidt sisters, but also spent a 
day in Boston with Alex Sienklewicz-Auer 
and husband Frank! 

Rachel Barnard Fendley, Bill, and Will 
(2) welcomed the newest member of the 
family, Benjamin Palmer Fendley, born on 
7/23, at 9 lbs, 2 oz. 

Shannon Weisenberger Haben- 
Icht lives in Chartotte, NC, with Andy and 
daughter Finley (3) and new son Mac (7 
wks). Shannon owns a monogramming 
business. Bobbin Along Monograms, and is 
doing very well. 

Donna Hoogland still lives outside 
Richmond in Charies City, VA, teaching 
children with autism, 

Emily Clark Kang has put her educa- 
tion to use and slogged her way through 
secondary infertility without having to resort 
to technological intervention. She charted 
her cycles like a regular scientist and has at 
long last provided little Terrence with a baby 
sister born in Jul, named Rose-Marie, After 
a miserable pregnancy and harrowing birth, 
she's decided she'll enjoy the children she 
has. She'll back to teaching English night 
classes in Jan, 

Sean and Lindsey Neef Kelly, along 
with daughter Catherine (born 3/1/07), wel- 
comed Rachel Samantha Kelly on 7/29/08, 
There were a lot of indicators of pre-term 
labor, so Rachel arriving a month early 
didn't surprise anyone (except Lindsey, who 
believed she'd be pregnant forever). She 
was still 6 lbs 3 oz, though, and immediately 
started proving everyone wrong about the 
abilities of preemies, Catherine loves her 
little sister and especially has a great time 
showing her off to her friends in the toddler 
class at the "school" both girts go to. Mean- 
while, back in the wortd of foreclosure law, 
Lindsey is (as one might guess) incredibly 
busy, and Is learning a lot about manage- 
ment as well as more and more about real 
estate and collections law. 

Valerie Roche Kite reports that her 
husband Derek retired from his professional 
athletic career with knee and rib injuries and 
is on the search for collegiate level coaching 
positions. He still has his own online coach- 
ing company at M'my.e;/-/(/ Valerie 
and Derek are trying for child #2, but Jacob 

(1 5 mos.) continues to be as cute as 
ever. They try to continually chronicle his 
life with photos and videos (and family 
adventures) on thekitetamily.blogspotcom. 
Valerie's still in CO and still a stay-at-home 
mom and loving it! 

In July, Meghan Pollard Leypoldt had 
a lovely baby shower, which Brandl Whit- 
ley Hilder, Sarah Kingsley Foley, and 
Isabel Jean-Pierre '98 attended. During the 
summer. Meghan also had lunch with Emily 
Sartor Patterson where they shared preg- 
nancy stories. On 9/14, Meghan and hus- 
band Steve welcomed the arrival daughter 
Piper Marie. Piper was born at 12:46 a.m. 
weighing 6 lbs, 13 oz, and measuring 19 in. 
long. Piper is a cute muffin and she flaunts 
a fabulous full head of hair and the chubbi- 
est cheeks that Meghan could eat up at any 
given moment of the day Since the arrival 
of Piper, Meghan has visited with Brand! and 
her daughter Amelia and Sarah with her son 
Cole. During her weekend visit, Sarah gave 
Meghan a fantastic tutorial/crash course on 
babies, and Meghan swears that Sarah is 
the baby whisperer. 

Jen Schmidt Major is busier than 
ever with her 3 girls Anna (8), Emily (7), 
and Allison (1), but she managed to sneak 
away for a quick visit with Brenda EIze 
in Oriando, FL. It was the perfect girls' 
weekend complete with Disney World and 
a pitcher of mojitos. Jen saw Brenda again 
the following weekend for sister Abby's ('00) 
wedding in Rl, Kim Schmidt Miscavage ('01) 
also attended the wedding, Jen and her 
sisters look forward to seeing each other 
again on Halloween and taking the girls 

Heather McLeod continues to live 
in Austin with hubby TJ, son Eamon (1 on 
9/30), and cat Squeaky, Heather stays home 
with E, and TJ works from home as well, 
which makes for a pretty sweet set-up. Let 
us know if you're ever in Austin, y'all! 

Emily Sartor Patterson and husband 
Brad welcomed their 1st child Claire into 
the wortd in Sept. They're also building a 
new house in Chapel Hill and will be moving 
in the new year. Emily is working part time 
at Duke Medical Center and spending time 
raising Claire 

Tina Hansel Snover is greaWy looking 
forward to our 10-yr Reunion, May '09! We 
need to give this year to the Annual Fund! 
She finished up a rough season with the Vix- 
en Soccer Team, but had a blast despite the 
injuries. Daughter Brenae turned 2 in Oct. 
and baby #2 is due 1 mo, before Reunion! 
She enjoys Lynchburg and always welcomes 
a fellow Niner to town! Let's keep up keep- 
ing up on Facebook! See you in May! 

Erin Vlasaty is planning a 5/09 wed- 
ding to John Cooper in St, Louis, In prepara- 
tion for that she's had so much fun visiting 
SBC fnends this year including Kristine 
Brla Brown, Marlsha Bourgeois, Julie 
Harju MIsklnis Llllle Voght Tlllar Jenni- 
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Lindsay Hicks Watrous and Tim are 

busy with baby boy Drew. Lindsay stiii worlds 
from home a few hours per week, but most 
of her time is dedicated to Drew. Other than 
wondering where all her free time went, 
she's happy with her new job as a stay-at- 


Elizabeth Davis Bal<er 
1008 S Walnut Drive 
Smlthfleld, NC 27577 

Hello, Class of 2000! Happy 30th birthday 
to many of us this year; we've been busy 
Anne Ryan SInnot Craig and family 
moved back to Alexandria, VA and is living 
in the Mt. Vernon area. Anne Ryan got a 
new job as assistant director at a school in 
Fairfax, VA, loves it. Daughter Abbey is 2 Vi 
and Anne Ryan recently spent the day with 
Kimberly Earehart Coleman where their 
daughters had a lot of fun playing together. 
Her husband Matt is still a devoted 
Alexandria Firefighter and spends his free 
time helping the Marching Band at West 
Springfield h. s. in Springfield, VA. Susan 
Bobb defended her dissertation on 8/22 
(long time in coming, but she finally made 
it!) Jamie and Susan packed up and drove 
cross-country to move to the Bay Area of 
CA in Sept. where Susan started a post-doc 
research position at Stanford, She's looking 
at how language develops in toddlers, loves 
the work. Susan says that they're "also 
enjoying the balmier weather and the copi- 
ous farmer's markets out here. I'm afraid I'll 
never look at fruit the same way again. 
Jamie and I love it here, but do miss the 
East Coast; we're excited to go home for a 
visit for winter vacation!" Evangeline 
Easterly Taylor began working as a 
Biomedical Life Scientist with the 
Congressionally Directed Medical Research 
Programs in the Breast Cancer Research 
Program this fall. The breast cancer pro- 
gram funded $138 million to research in 
'08 and receives money from the Breast 
Cancer Stamps. Look them up at http:// She says that all her 
breast cancer research experience has paid 
off! Melissa Fauber Carter still teaches 
math at Temperance Elem. in Amherst 
County. She and husband Jack (HSC '00) 
are expecting their 2nd daughter in Dec. 
Daughter Clara (3) is excited about being a 
big sister! They moved to a new house in 
Apr, stiii in Amherst County but a little 
closer to the mountains. Marilen Sarian 
still works as a freelance creative: photog- 
rapher, dance instructer, actress, and artist. 
She's been donating original art pieces for 
charity (if you know of any great ones, 
please email her!) You can keep up with her 
latest works on her website www. Also, Marilen is sepa- 

rated and thanks her friends for their love 
and support. On another serious note, 
Christine Bump reported that her father, 
Harold W. Bump, Jr., passed away on 10/2 
at the age of 55. He fought Gittleman's 
Syndrome for 6 yrs, and metastasized colon 
cancer for 4 yrs. Christine is grateful for the 
love and support of her great SBC friends, 
who were amazing in response to her fami- 
ly's loss. Our class sends our love to you, 
Christine! Emily Pegues has been traveling 
lots with her job in the sculpture dept. at 
the National Gallery of Art — Germany, 
Spain, France, and England — and hopes to 
visit Russia and Italy next! While in France, 
Emily had dinner with Benedicte Valentin 
and her family at her lovely home outside 
Paris. Her adorable toddler son Remi and 
Emily speak about the same level of French 
so they had fun playing, and it was wonder- 
ful to see her and to catch up, discuss 
American and French politics, and enjoy 
home-cooked Parisian cuisine! Also, Emily 
attended SBC's Homecoming this tall and 
played in the alumnae hockey game. She 
says that campus wasn't the same without 
Professor Tamburr. Nikki Lamm has been 
singing with a new group called the 7 
Sopranos and has several performances 
lined up in the D.C. area. She has also been 
asked to sing Rosasharon in Ricky Ian 
Gordon's opera "The Grapes of Wrath" with 
the HI Performing Arts Festival this summer. 
She still teaches voice lessons and sings 
throughout the D.C. area for various events 
and concert series. Congratulations to Anne 
Harper Blard who welcomed baby girl 
Clary Anne on 5/1 4/08. She and husband 
Will also have Clary's big sister Catherine 
(1 8 mos. in Nov.) Anne and Alicia Hart 
Palmore keep in touch since Alicia's 
daughter Georgia was born the day after 
Clary. Angelina Alongi is still living in 
Houston and is engaged to David Vierya. 
She's having a great time on Facebook with 
everyone from SBC. Carol Skriloff gradu- 
ated 1st in her class at Tulane's Executive 
MBA program this summer and has been 
busy traveling around the world to Asia, 
Europe, and South America. She saw 
Susana Bobadilla in May in Madnd and will 
spend Thanksgiving with her in Madrid as 
well. Carol also sees Renee Dupre monthly 
and stays with her in Houston where she 
look a great job this summer at one of the 
top oil and gas law firms. Maureena 
Robertson Crawford and husband 
Michael are home owners as of Jul. 
Daughter McKenna turned 2 on 9/10. 
Maureena still works as the manager of the 
Graduate Medical Education office at Inova 
Fairfax Hospital, where she oversees more 
than 800 residents who rotate through the 
hospital every academic year. There's a 
wonderful daycare on site where McKenna 
can enjoy 3 half-days of school. Maureena 
has been in touch with Katherine 
Markwalter who lives in SC now. She and 
her husband have a daughter, Graves 

Elizabeth (Gray), who was 18 mos. in Nov. 
Josie Beets married Sean Zehtab on 9/27 
at the St. Louis Hotel in New Orleans! 
Alissa Harris, Noelle Dwarzski and hus- 
band Jonathan and Elizabeth Davis 
Baker were all on hand for the weekend's 
festivities, which included a rehearsal din- 
ner at their home and a French Quarter 
wedding brunch. Sean is going into the 
Army JAG Corps, while Josie is employed 
with the LA St. Bar Assoc. Kibby Bryenton 
Fergusson and family now live in Japan! 
Life is fun, busy and very interesting. Son 
lain has completed his season of soccer 
and is now in Pre-K, and daughter Anna (1) 
is walking and getting into everything. 
They've traveled to South Korea and will be 
going to Guam at the end of Oct. The 
Fergussons have plans of traveling a lot in 
09! Emily McGregor Fenlaw and hus- 
band Jay welcomed daughter Caroline 
McLean on 9/12/08. She's healthy and 
thriving and getting many kisses from big 
brother Jett (2). While not a great 
MySpace-r or Facebook-er herself, Emily 
enjoys keeping up with and reading other 
SBC-ers' updates on their own profiles! 
Amanda Ankerman is returning from 
Kabul and will be home before the class 
notes come out. This past year was such a 
learning experience, and she was so glad 
she went out there. Tara Putegnat writes 
that this past Aug. Gregor Lee, Cady 
Thomas '98, Lucretia Bock '97, and her 
sister, Serena Putegnat '98 celebrated 
Tara's 30th birthday South Padre Island, TX. 
They had a blast catching up at their "little 
reunion." Tara still lives in Brownsville, TX, 
and works for the family business, an 
industrial laundry and uniform service com- 
pany Amanda Atkinson started a new job 
in Aug. and is now working at USCA as an 
academic advisor for the freshman engi- 
neering students. The students are amaz- 
ing, and she loves working at a school with 
so much excitement on campus. They 
moved to a new apt. in North Hollywood 
allowing her to be one of the few people in 
L.A. who takes public transportation to 
work. Alison Stockdale and husband 
Adam are busy chasing daughter Annika, as 
she is crawling and heading straight for 
unsafe items. Alison says Annika helped 
pass out Halloween candy in a very "un- 
scary" spider costume. In 9/08, Alison 
made it down to SBC for Homecoming and 
had a great time despite the rain. She didn't 
see anyone else from our class, but was 
able to visit with some '99s and '01s. In 
10/08. Alissa Harris visited from L.A, and 
it was the 1st time she met Annika. They 
had a great time together and saw Jackie 
Devine Clayborn '04 and Beth Rice 
Kinnaman. Beth is expecting her 5th child 
any day. Katie Wright Thomas still lives in 
GA with husband Spencer and son Spence 
(2). She and horse Ashley continue to com- 
pete on a local equestrian circuit in SC and 
GA. She learned to create Web sites and is 

putting her new skills to use for friends and 
family Katie is also freelance-writing and 
has had a few articles published locally. She 
saw Jackie Hauslein Kruchten in VA and 
is looking forward to a trip to see Carol 
Skriloff in New Orleans. Speaking of New 
Orieans, I had a fabulous time at Josie 
Beets' wedding, which I attended with 
Alissa Harris. We were able to catch up 
with Noelle Dwarzski, who lives near 
Seattle with her husband. They're both 
attorneys (as are Josie and her husband), 
and It was great for the SBCers to catch up 
and enjoy a beautiful wedding! I'm also 
happy to report that LIndsey Brooker 
Brooks and husband Andy welcomed their 
2nd child, David Epps Brooks, on 9/15 
(coincidentally or not, my 30th birthday)! He 
joins big brother James (2). Lindsey is hap- 
pily a stay-at-home mom and loves life with 
her boys! And finally I'm still working for my 
local community college in a number of 
ways. I was promoted this fall to academic 
advisor for at-risk students, and I continue 
to teach developmental reading, and serve 
on the college foundation's board of direc- 
tors. My husband and family threw me a 
huge surprise party for my 30th birthday, 
which served to remind me that there are 
less than 2 yrs left until our next reunion! 
Make your plans now to celebrate with us 
at SBC! Keep those notes coming, giris. 


Amanda Campbell Wright 
19304 Anna Kate Ct 
Pflugerville, TX 78660-2972 
swim VixenOI © 


Lorl Smith Nllan 
7025 Holly Bark Dr. 
Midlothian, VA 231 12 

Margaret Brooks Tucker Buck 
4436 Yoruk Forest Lane 
Charlotte, NC 28211 


Courtney Arnott Silverthorn 
501 Palmtree Drive #4 
Galthersburg, MD 20878 

Amanda Crighton became engaged 
on 10/24/08 to Joseph Trefzger. They're 
excited to be planning a fall '10 wedding 
in Cincinnati, OH. Margaret Van Hook is 

engaged to Thaddeus Fischer and is busy 
planning a wedding for fall '09. Shannon 
O'Neal Beasley '02 will be in the wedding 

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party, Margaret is enjoying tier 4th yr teach- 
ing Social Studies and coaching swimming 
at Tates Creek international Baccalaureate 
h, s, in Lexington. 

After a huge bachelorefte bash at 
Smith Mountain Lake (hosted by bridesmaid 
Courtney Pfaff Kimble), Shirley Pinson 
Hendricks marned Wesley on 08/31/08 in 
Roanoke, VA. Shiriey loves every minute of 
married life, as VKell as teaching 8th grade 
Civics and Economics and coaching m. s, 
cheerleading. She hopes to host a mini-SBC 
reunion sometime early in '09, 

Hilary Pool married Erik Strickland of 
Belgrade, MT on 09/27/08, Carrie Speck 
v\/as 1 of the 5 bridesmaids and Jennea 
LeDuc was a ceremony reader. Hilary was 
happy to have some SBC friends attend a 
07/08 bridal shower: Chantel Bartlett '98, 
Tara Conte, and Carrie Speck Hilary 
and Erik traveled to the Dalmatian Coast 
of Croatia for their honeymoon. The couple 
lives in Old Town Alexandria, VA. 

Erin Keck Walsh still lives in Richmond 
with husband Terry and twin daughters 
Annalise and Kiera. She had a "two-mar- 
garita playdate" with Tiffany Williamson 
Norwood and her daughter Campbell, 
Becky Follin Liddell and her daughter 
Hannah, and Jackie Devine Clayborn and 
her daughter Izzie. Erin says that everyone 
is healthy and happy and the Sweet Briar 
Class of '30 is off to a great start! Tiffany 
keeps in touch with Megan Gaillardet, 
Angela Grisby, and Kylene Smith, and all 
look fonward to a girls' weekend in Nov, 

After returning from China and teaching 
in Baltimore for a year, Nahliah Webber is 
back in school at Columbia U, getting her 
M,A. in the sociology of education at the 
Teacher's Coll 

Quinn Smith Hall works as a mental 
health therapist for Central VA Community 
Services, which she has been doing for 
3 yrs since she obtained an M.Ed, in 
Community Counseling. She and Kendall 
will celebrate their 5th anniversary in Dec. 
with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. They 
bought property in the rural outskirts of 
Lynchburg and plan to build a log home in 
the coming year 

And I, Courtney Arnott Silverthorn, 
am busy writing my Ph.D. thesis and vol- 
unteering with Recording For the Blind and 
Dyslexic, helping to record science text- 
books for h. s. and college students. I love 
hearing your news and accomplishments, 
so please keep them coming! 

3.00^ , 

Ginny Wood 
1350 Mayfield Ave. 
Winter Park, FL 32789 

Ginny Wood lives in Winter Park outside of 
Orlando, FL. She's the technical coordinator 

for Bach Festival Society of Winter Park as 
well as sings in the choir. She keeps the 
facebook class of '04 group up to date. She 
encourages everyone to join. 

Sara Gredler still lives in Austin, TX, 
and travels throughout the country in her 
historic preservation position. She is a 
board member of the Austin Genealogical 
Society and has begun making public pre- 
sentations on a variety of topics. 

Brook Linville Thurber and her 
husband welcomed baby boy Kellen on 
9/27. After losing their home in a wildfire in 
Boise, they've begun rebuilding and hope to 
be in their new house as of the publication 
of spring notes! 

Kristin iVIartin Lough lives in 
Birmingham, AL, and attends Cumberiand 
School of Law. She expects her JD in 201 1 . 

Andrea Staton is working at the UVA 
Toxicology Lab as a Specimen Support 
Technician after transferring from the UVA 
Clinical Lab. She and Dale Kopiowitz will 
be getting married 5/1 5/09 (right before 
Reunion!). The wedding will be in Crozet, 
VA, and the reception in Waynesboro, VA. 
She still creates and sells charcoal draw- 
ings in her free time. 

Breanne Leibering lives in 
Charlottesville, VA, and teaches 9th and 
12th grade English at Monticello h. s. She 
attended Homecoming this year, had a 
blast. She spent the day hanging out with 
Jozanne Summerville, Ginny Wood, 
Mary Davis Blood, Michelle Badger '06, 
Meredith Shaw Hansen, and Grace 
Fransworth and Beth Farnsworth '05, 

Maria Kitchin was a student spon- 
sor in Operation Smile Medical Mission in 
Guadalajara, Mexico in Sept, They were in 
Mexico for 1 days, screened 1 51 patients, 
performed 74 free surgeries to fix cleft lips 
and cleft palates, and had time to visit the 
Jose Cuervo Teguila distillary in Tequila, 
Mexico. It was a life-changing experience. 

In 10/07 Terra Chamberlain left 
Hagerstown, MD, for Washington, D.C. She 
celebrated her 1st year of living in D.C. 
by running the 33rd annual Marine Corps 
Marathon with Allison Funkhouser '03. She 
ran for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 
honor of her mother, Charlotte, who beat 
terminal lung and brain cancer. It was one 
of the most amazing experiences of her life! 
She's gearing up for a career change and 
looking for an entry-level position within the 
State Dept or USAID, 

Megan Sinner moved from Hampton 
to Midlothian, VA, in Aug, She teaches 
German in Chesterfield County, VA. Teaching 
at 3 schools keeps her busy 

Kari Stanley Kittredge resides in 
Raleigh, NC, with husband Wyn Kittredge 
(HSC '04). She works in dermatology per- 
forming cosmetic laser surgery. 

Virginia Fowler is in her 5th year 
of teaching h. s. German and is the Dept. 
Chair of Foreign Languages. She organizes 
the student/faculty run in the Monument 

Ave. 1 0K in Richmond each year. In '08, 
they won an award for having the most fac- 
ulty-student participation out of every h, s., 
public and private, for the state of VA. She 
takes grad courses at U. of Richmond work- 
ing toward an MA, She's on the Advisory 
Council for Foreign Languages at SBC. 
This past summer, Virginia and Ashleigh 
Kresslein went on the great American 
Road Trip from SC to MT 

Jennifer Warde Darrell started 
working towards her Ph.D. In Spanish 
at Yale. 

Caitlin Webber lives and works 
in Washington D.C. as a reporter for 
Congressional Quarterly where she writes 
about homeland security. 

Ms. Amanda Jane Watts 
42235 12th Rd., Apt. 1 
Arlington, VA 22204 

It's great to hear from so many of you. 
Several of our classmates recently got mar- 
ried. Congrats to all of you! I wish you many 
years of happiness. If you have anything 
you'd like to share with the class, please 
email me at^ Take care! 

Samantha Angus-Arbaugh gradu 
ated in 5/08 with her MFA in dance from 
Sam Houston State U. in TX. She mar- 
ried Alex Arbaugh in May in Las Vegas. 
She works at Valley Dance Theater in 
Waynesboro and Staunton. 

Lyndsay Welsh Chamblin married 
James Chamblin on 8/9 in Leesburg, VA. 
Katie Niemeier, Krystal Dean Tucker, 
and Ashley Forehand were in the wedding 
party. In attendance were: Kelli Bergmann 
Thomasson '04, Angela Grisby '03, Laura 
Pearson '04, Courtney Pfaff Kimble '03, 
Meredith Shaw Hansen '04, and Laura 
Wolf '1 1 . She also received her MBA from 
George Washington U. in 1 2/07. 

Lynsie Watkins married Colin Steele 
on 9/27 in Chariottesville, VA. In attendance 
was Nancy Kirbo, her Maid of Honor, 
Samira Hossain, a bridesmaid, and 
Monique Sample. She has started sell- 
ing her Pertect Flavor Ice Cream at small 
family-run grocery stores in VA. Business 
is booming! 

Krystal Dean Tucker married Blake 
Tucker on 6/21 at Chestnut Oaks Farm in 
Keysville, VA. In attendance was Lyndsay 
Welsh Chamblin, Katie Niemeier, Laura 
Brockman Bryan 

Karen Dennehy got engaged to Kevin 
Godsey and is planning a fall '09 wedding. 
Her SBC bridesmaids include Virginia Fowler 
04, Liz Eager Marvel, Lauren Wade, 
Kerry Martin Spruill, and Erin Gibbs 
She informed me that Dana Ripperton, 
who has been in the Ukraine on Peace 

Corps duty is scheduled to return to the US 
next month. 

Nell Champoux is in the 3rd year of 
a Ph.D. program in religion at Syracuse 
U. She caught up with Denva Jackson 
and Mindy Wolfrom in Boston over the 

Katharina Fritzler is working at 
the Amherst County Public Library as an 
assistant cataloger and is in the process of 
applying to graduate schools. She visited KY 
in Mar with Rita Thomas Brookhart '03 and 
Sabrina Via Scott '03. She was the maid 
of honor at Rita's wedding during that time 
and was a bridesmaid at Amanda Carpenter 
Paige's ('03) wedding in Jul. She connected 
with Mindy Wolfrom and Michelle Badger 
'06 at this year's Homecoming, and during 
her free time, she has involved herself in 
the Obama campaign. 

Tamara Helton Himelright is living in 
Chariottesville, VA, with husband Brian and 
loving it! She passed her Physical Therapy 
boards and is practicing as an inpatient 
therapist at UVA Health South Rehabilitation 
Hospital in Charlottesville. 


Victoria Chappell 

350 S. Country Rd 

No. 102 

Palm Beach, FL 33480 

Michelle Badger is enjoying graduate 

school in Boston. Michelle and Tori Han- 
kins still enjoy being the chairs of our Young 
Alumnae Giving Committee and wanted to 
remind everyone to remember to participate 
in the Annual Fund. They thank each of their 
committee members for volunteering. 

Michelle Clark Bowe and her 
husband Tom welcomed Lillian Grace Bowe 
into the world on 6/23. She was 7 lbs. 11 oz. 
and 20 in. long. 

After another fabulous (albeit cold) 
AK summer, Nicki Brandt finally took the 
birds' advice and came south for the winter. 
The little Toyota Corolla made the whole 
long, beautiful, adventurous drive: with stops 
along the way to visit Wrangell St. Ellas Natl 
Park, Seattle, Yellowstone Nat'l Park, Claire 
Carson 08, Melissa Massy, Kerri Faust, 
Tabitha Dixon Ward, and Liz Eager Marvel 
'04 before arriving in VA in time for SBC 
Homecoming. God must've been watching 
out because there weren't major problems 
along the whole S.OOO-i- mi. journey! She'll 
be in VA until Dec, working at the Wil- 
liamsburg Winery and propping for graduate 
school. If all goes well, she starts classes 
at Duke U. in eariy Jan. The warm weather 
is nice, but she misses the snow and the 
critters at the SeaLife Center (oh and the 
people)! Following Homecoming, she gave 
a short lecture to the current ENVS majors, 
including the invaluable advice "Don't date 

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your coworkers." She was able to have a 
brief visit with Rebecca Penny '08 in Oct., 
but sadly there was no hummus involved. 

Julie Drake. Haley Graham, and 
NIckl Brandt caught up over Homecoming 
along with Kimberly Gibson '05. The 4 of 
them rocked it up at Lynchburg's new indoor 
climbing gym where Kim works part-time. 
By the time this goes to print, Julie will be in 
New Zealand, where she'll spend the next 
couple of months working at a winery. 

Nancy Kleinhans Carr and Chris had 
their wedding at Snow Shoe IVIountain Ski 
Resort in WV on 7/5/08 and their ceremony 
was held in the St. Bernard Chapel. Nancy 
met Maureen McGuIre who came to 
Homecoming and also Megan Sinner '05 
who visited campus in Sept. and now lives 
in Richmond, VA. 

Victoria Chappell and beau of 3 years 
David Harvey celebrated their engagement 
this Sept. with their immediate family at 
Childress Vineyard in NC! They'll be wed 
6/4/09 in Normandy, France. Victoria and 
Suzy Harvey Hodge will now be real 
sisters and not only Sweet Briar sisters! 
Besides preparing for the religious wedding 
Victoria still enjoys her job with Newsmax 
Media and her life in Palm Beach. She loved 
representing Sweet Briar at 2 college fairs! 

Colleen Karaffa Murray is feeling big- 
ger now! By the time you get this magazine, 
she should 've given birth to Constance 
Rose. She and Brandon are calling her 
Rosie for short. For the most part, Colleen 
likes being pregnant; everything in life is 
so exciting! She can't wait to finally hold 
her little giri in early Feb. SBC Homecoming 
was great, though it rained. She was glad 
to see Cara Cherry and Nicki Brandt on 
campus again 

Charis Lease-Trevathan Chase 
moved from Virginia to Savannah, GA, with 
husband Chris (VMI) after their 6/08 wed- 
ding. Charis is working on getting her MSW 
at Savannah State U. and has an assistant- 
ship in the Social Work dept. 

Tori Nankins is engaged to Doug La- 
Brosse (HSC '06). They live in Charlotte, NC, 
and will get married in Charlotte next fall. 

Laura Ann Humphress is in the UK 
and loving it! She's getting her MSC at 
the U. of Bath in Conservation of Historic 
Buildings, but also doing lots of sightseeing 
around England and the rest of Europe — 
great experience so far Please look her up if 
anyone is across the pond! 

Melissa Massey still enjoys life in 
Denver working with the homeless. Over 
the last few months she has caught up with 
numerous classmates who visited Denver, 
which included dinner with Sara Coffey, 
skiing with Lauren Martin, a camping tnp 
with Cara Cherry, and a visit from Nicki 
Brandt as she stopped by on her trip to VA 
from AK, This summer, Melissa and Kerri 
Faust completed their first Triathlon and 
Melissa recently finished the Denver Half- 
Marathon. It's getting chilly in Denver and 

Melissa is getting ready for the snowboard- 
ing season if anyone wants to visit please 
don't hesitate to get in touch! 

Megan Meighan moved to Charlotte, 
NC, in 3/07 when she began working as 
an Engineering Recruiter at Aerotek. After 
1 .5 yrs Megan made the decision to leave 
Aerotek and travel back to Panama and visit 
sister Brianna Meighan de Hanna '05 and 
her husband. In Sept. she joined an Execu- 
tive Research Firm as a Research Associate 
back in Charlotte, NC. Megan is enjoying life 
after college living with Chihuahua Lola and 
Persian cat Mishgah in her little townhouse, 
traveling and hanging out with friends. 

Melanle Stine is in her 2nd year as an 
M.A. student in geography at Virginia Tech. 
She spent last summer doing fieldwork 
in the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area in 
WV — a beautiful area with black bears, 
coyotes, and rare plants in a setting that 
resembles an ecosystem more commonly 
found in Canada and AK. She enjoys living in 
Blacksburg and has a dog, Annie. 

Nicole Traylor lives in Matthews, 
NC, with puppy Pearl. She purchased her 
1st house and teaches h. s. Biology and 
coaches volleyball for Chariotte Mecklen- 
burg School Systems. Amy St John and 
Nicole plan to move to Washington State 
in 2010 together for career opportunities. 
They'll visit WA in Apr as tourists and find 
themselves a new home, 

Melissa Westhouse graduated with an 
M.A. in Comma! Justice forensic psychology 
from Tiffin U., OH. She lives at home with 
her parents in CA and is learning how to 
cook with the help of a cookbook given to 
her on her birthday. She's trying to learn to 
garden by raising peas. She's also trying 
to raise a caterpillar and have it live to 
transform into a butterfly. 

Julia Lockwood writes: "This is my 
1st time actually sending something in for 
Class Notes. Unfortunately, I've had some 
not-so-good news in the last year and would 
like to update those who know me at SBC 
on what has been going on. In 7/07, 1 was 
diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. It was 
stage 4, metastasized. It was discovered 
on an MRI after months of increasing and 
finally unbearable back and hip pain. It 
was mostly in my left hip, and had spread 
to my ribs, lungs, and one small spot near 
my pituitary gland. They also performed a 
bone and bone marrow biopsy, confirming 
the diagnosis. I was transferred to Duke U. 
Hospital. Ewing's Sarcoma is considered 
a pediatric cancer, though it can occur in 
people 19-23 yrs old. I was transferred to 
the Children's Hospital at Duke to be treated 
by the best doctors there who had the most 
experience with this disease. Dr. Daniel 
Wechsler, chief of hematology oncology, 
and my main doctor, Dr Shah, ran a bar- 
rage of tests and then devised a protocol 
to treat me, I began 9 mo. of aggressive 
chemotherapy every 2 wks. This was actu- 
ally a new protocol being used — the usual 

is every 3 wks. My father and step-mother 
already lived in Durham about 7 min. from 
Duke. I moved in with them for the length of 
my treatment. I saw my Mom and my dog 
Rama on the weekends and spent time with 
our close family friend who lives in Raleigh, 
Sue and her daughter Katherine. I was lucky 
in that my tumors responded well to che- 
motherapy and as new scans were taken, 
more and more progress was made, and 
the tumors were becoming smaller Finally 
at the end of 9 mo. my scans were clear as 
far as the doctors could see. With cancer 
cells, you can't always see them on the 
scans if there're only cells floating around. 
But I had a spinal tap and another bone 
marrow biopsy that confirmed no cells in 
my spinal fluid or marrow. I returned to work 
at Starbucks — my savior in terms of health 
coverage. I had health insurance through 
the company since I started work in '06 
and would have been in straits if I hadn't 
had it when I was diagnosed. They have a 
very good health insurance and benefits 
program. So I had disability pay for the 1st 
6 mo. of my leave. My job was held for me 
the whole time. I returned in May, starting 
back with short shifts and getting the hang 
of things again. Then I was cleared by my 
doctors to take a vacation. My parents lived 
in Lebanon years ago, and we still own a 
small stone village house in Cyprus off the 
coast of Lebanon. My Mom has been fixing 
it up for years. I was there last in '01 . We 
went this past Jun. for about 3 wks along 
with Sue, who had also lived in Lebanon, 
and Katherine. My hair had grown back 
to about crew cut length and was getting 
longer every week. I spent time at the beach 
swimming and sunning, or just relaxing in 
the house reading, or going for walks with 
Katherine and visiting with Cypriots and 
Ex-pats in the village. We drove into town 
every few days for shopping and visited a 
few other major cities in the country. It was 
a much needed vacation. When I returned, I 
was due for check-up scans. Unfortunately 
the spot near my pituitary showed up again 
and a new, much smaller spot showed on 
the right side of my head, just outside my 
brain. I needed a brain biopsy to confirm 
if it was Ewing's. As you may recall. Sen. 
Ted Kennedy had his brain surgery around 
the same time at Duke. Dr Freidman was 
his surgeon, and I almost had him as well. 
But, as would be expected, he had a full 
schedule, and I needed my surgery stat. 
So, I had his protege, who had just returned 
from training medical professionals in 
African hospitals. The biopsy later confirmed 
if was Ewing's. More chemo was in order 
I started it in Aug. It's every 3 wks and is a 
much lower dose and much more tolerable. 
It's even out patient. I go up to Duke for a 
week, go into the Children's Hospital and 
have the treatment, which takes about 4 
hrs. then go home to my Dad's house. I do 
this for 5 days. Then I come back to SO and 
go back to work for the 2 wks between. 

I've now had 3 rounds so far, and my most 
recent scans have shown positive progress. 
The new spot is about half the size it was 
before and the pituitary spot has improved 
too. When I'm not working or in Durham, 
I spend long weekends at the horse farm, 
Oak Grove Hunters, which is near Chariotte, 
with my trainer and best friend Sue Haag 
and do the barn work, ride, and help raise 
the 2 litters of corgi puppies we had this 
year. We breed show and pet quality corgis. 
Let me know if you want one! We also have 
horses and ponies that need |obs! I'm still 
working part time with The Plaid Horse 
Magazine, a Hunter/Jumper sales magazine 
that goes to horse shows. I went to Devon 
Horse Show this past May and helped with 
showing our young ponies in the breeding 
classes and helped with the magazine, 
which sets up a table there each year. I'm 
also trying to get on the grad school track. 
I'm starting the whole GRE and application 
process. Columbia U. in NY has a program I 
have my eye on. The last thing that I want to 
add is that I read Laura Jahnke's tribute in a 
previous Alumnae Magazine and was happy 
to see the money raised for Sweet Briar 
in her honor Laura was my 'little sister' at 
SBC. Though I was abroad my junior year, I 
got to know her a bit during my senior year. 
I think of her often, not just because of our 
similar circumstances, but because she is 
unforgettable and was such a positive pres- 
ence on campus." 

Ms. Emily Nicole Olson 
382 E Scrlpps Rd 
Lake Orion, Ml 48360 

Ms. Kathryn Purnell Mills 
1215 Camden Drive 
Richmond, VA 23229 

Megan Maloney wrote in: Laura Genender 

passed away on August 13th, 2008, at the 
age of 22. She was an intense, creative 
woman on her way to a great career in 
the gaming industry. She was also an avid 
kayaker, outdoor enthusiast, and ballroom 
dancer She was tough, feariess and friendly 
and had a hilariously bizarre sense of humor 
Her death is a huge loss and she is deeply 

If you knew her either during her time at 
Sweet Briar or through her gaming as "Taera." 
please consider posting photos or sharing 
stories about her on her facebook memorial 
php?gid=35397774756&ref=ts. Her parents 
and friends would love to see them and share 

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Celebrating Investments in Unrestricted Endowment 


Mildred Virginia Larimer, Class of 1932, loved Sweet Briar deeply. As a Williams 
Associate — those who remember Sweet Briar in their final directives — Miss 
Larimer provided for Sweet Briar College as one of her family, an honor that is 
understandable when you read this statement in her fiftieth reunion questionnaire: 

"I feel that my four years at Sweet Briar prepared me for the life I have led. I majored in 
histoty, whieh was an excellent background for my career in the Foreign Service. Also, 
the languages I studied helped me in my travels and my work. Studying art history and 
music appreciation was infinitely valuable in my enjoyment of my travels and now in my 
pleasw'e in listening to classical music ..." 

Considering Sweet Briar as "one of the family" is a concept that has been repeated 
thousands of times over the span of the Colleges existence. The years at Sweet Briar were 
very special ones for alumnae who were at the time poised on that brink between childhood 
and adulthood, as they stepped from a life that was strongly guided to a life of self- 

As an executive secretary for the Foreign Service Department in Washington, D.C., 
Mildreds life was busy and exciting. With few immediate family ties, she spent her 
retirement years in Honolulu, where she enjoyed many hobbies and continued her love of 
learning and travel. 

Maintaining Sweet Briar for future generations is crucial. We provide a women's 
education that we believe is unparalleled at any school. We have a unique 3,250-acre 
laboratory campus through which students gain an understanding of the natural world. 
We have faculty and staff dedicated to a personalized higher education for women. This 
exceptional education requires significant funding, which is repeatedly repaid as beautiful 
campuses across the country shrink and we become ever more unique. 

Those of us who love Sweet Briar are charged with preserving her in perpetuity. Because 
of her love for Sweet Briar, Mildred felt a responsibility to give back and support other 
young women so they could have the same satisfying experience that she had in her four 
years. In becoming a Williams Associate, she made a clear statement about the value she 
placed on Sweet Briar's fiiture in the centuries to come. 

Mildred shared her zest for life and shared her love of Sweet Briar with her friend in 
Hawaii, Mary Andre. "Mildred had a quest for learning. She did not cook or sew until she 
retired in Hawaii, and then she became a Julia Child cook and an excellent seamstress who 
was very proud of her creations." 

Leaving an unrestricted bequest to Sweet Briar's endowment signifies Mildred's strong 
belief in education. It supports her profound belief in our mission, our history, and our 
future. Through Mildred's vision and generosity, other students may have the satisfaction 
that comes with lifelong learning. 

Mildred Virginia Larimer '32 

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July 19-27, 2009 

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